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Tourism a potential economic driver that lacks political will: Tausinga

MEMBER of Parliament for West New Georgia Vonavona, Hon. Silas Tausinga says the tourism sector remains one of the largest potential driver of our economy.

However, he states that there is no political will and commitment to make our dreams become reality.

He said although there might be sound government policies, the political will to drive its implementation is lacking.

“I firmly believe the potential in tourism Western province and other provinces can offer to the outside world is yet to be fully recognized. With the right policies, commitment and financial support, the tourism sector can reach new heights,” he said.

Hon. Tausinga highlighted this during the inauguration of the ‘Lagoon Splash’ canoe race in Munda, Western Province on Saturday.

Lagoon race participants during the event on Saturday. Photo: Tourism Solomons

The Lagoon Splash was hosted and initiated by the Castaway Resort in Munda.

Hon. Tausinga also stressed that he is encouraged that with the new international airport terminal in Munda soon to be reopened, there will be an influx of international visitors to Western province.

He said Western province is always known as the ‘tourism hub’ of Solomon Islands, but the aim should be focused on reaching new heights and for it to be amongst one of the best tourism destinations in the region.

“I would like to acknowledge the Solomon Airlines, Tourism Solomon’s, tourism stakeholders, tourism operators and our people for always leading by example to promote our beautiful islands,” he said.

Some of the participants and their families after the canoe race. Photo: Tourism Solomons

Hon. Tausinga said Lagoon Splash is an event that marks another milestone in promoting tourism in Munda and Western province.

“I understand this is its inauguration and as the old saying goes every great journey begins with a single step. I believe 10 years from now Lagoon Splash will be an event that will boost tourism, marketing and promotion of our tourism industry here in Munda and surrounding communities,” he said.

ENDS//

– OPPOSITION PRESS