New Zealand Supports Tourism with $2.8M Grant SBD

High Commissioner Jonathan Schwass with Director of Tourism and Finance PS.

With Solomon Islands’ borders reopening soon, Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to support the country’s tourism sector following the recent signing of a NZ$550,000 (2.8 million SBD) funding agreement between the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry Culture and Tourism (MCT) and Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT).

The agreement will support the recovery of the tourism sector from the challenges that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of stimulating a growing, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector in the Solomon Islands.

It will support MCT for:

  • continue to work with operators on the use of COVID-19 safety protocols and ensure the safety of visitors;
  • promote the development of tourism products and minimum standards, including investment in key national tourism assets in the run-up to the Pacific Games; as well as
  • improve sectoral coordination.

This arrangement will complement the ongoing work in progress to support the recovery of the tourism sector.

High Commissioner Jonathan Schwass noted the importance of partnership in the recovery of the tourism sector.

“New Zealand has been supporting tourism since 2017 because we believe the tourism sector is critical to the economic development of Solomon Islands, especially in the provinces. This arrangement represents a new chapter in New Zealand’s tourism support and we are pleased to see progress made in this endeavor.”

Source: Press release

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