Solomon Islands’ international visitor arrivals for May have jumped again with official government figures released this week showing a close on a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015.
A total of 1,897 international visitors arrived across the month compared to the 1,750 recorded in May 2015 – an increase of 12.8 percent.
The May total brings the destination’s 5-month total to 1,896 representing a 12.7 increase over the 1,681 recorded in 2015 and keeping the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau’s 2016 target of a 9 percent increase right on track.
Australian numbers continued to dominate, the 770 figure recorded for May representing a 12.4 percent increase over the 685 recorded in 2015 and claiming 40.5 percent of all visitations.
Once again, Asian numbers showed the strongest growth, the 305 figure recorded for the month indicating a 50.5 percent increase over the 203 figure recorded in May 2015.
US figures also rose again increasing 55.5 percent from 115 to 179.
New Zealand arrivals continue to build, Kiwi numbers increasing 15.8 percent from 107 to 124, continuing a positive growth trend for the year.
SIVB CEO, Josefa “Jo” Tuamoto, again attributed the strong increase in Asian numbers to the efforts his team have gone to in recent times attending major travel industry events in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The recently-introduced Air Niugini, Solomon Airlines, and Air Vanuatu tripartite codeshare agreement which provides access to Air Niugini’s Singapore gateway and other Asian connections was also seen as having an impact on the number of Asian visitors entering the destination, he said.