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Solomon Airlines joins SIBC for Talkback TV on World Tourism Day

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM in General News

The survival of Solomon Airlines and the future recovery of our national tourism industry will be the subject of a one-hour special feature on SIBC Talkback TV on 27 September 2020, titled “Keeping our Economy Flying”.

Timed to coincide with World Tourism Day, the programme can be viewed live 1pm-2pm Honiara local time on the SIBC News Facebook page and will examine the severe and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Solomon Islands economy, Solomon Airlines, and our local tourism operators.

 “Keep our Economy Flying” - will be moderated by SIBC with a contributing panel including:

  • Colin Sigimanu, Commercial Manager, Solomon Airlines
  • Moses Virivolomo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Aviation
  • Andrew Nihopara, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Josefa Tuamoto, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Solomons
  • Bunyan Sivoro, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Despite being one of very few countries in the world to have no reported cases of COVID-19, the Solomon Islands aviation and tourism industries have been hit hard by our international border closure at a time when tourism was growing at 7% annually. 

Solomon Airlines also welcomed its long-awaited new Airbus A320 international aircraft only six months ago on 7 March, 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread rapidly around the world.

In the Solomon Islands, tourism and aviation operations have almost ground to a standstill, with many jobs lost, and many of our local tourism operators barely surviving.

So what are our aviation, tourism, and policy leaders planning to do, when and how will our borders safely reopen and how can Solomon Islanders and stakeholders in aviation and tourism contribute to the recovery of these vitally important industries? 

The talkback show will also be aired on SIBC radio. You can take part by texting SIBC on 760000 during the show. Tune in to hear how we can ‘Keep our Economy Flying’ for future generations, whilst at the same time protecting the health and wellbeing of all Solomon Islanders.

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