The 80th anniversary of Guadalcanal, a catalyst for the revival of tourism in the Solomon Islands

The tour schedules, primarily from August 7-12, have been designed to incorporate many key battle sites in and around Honiara and will also include a visit to the famous Tulagi Blue Beach and Tokyo Bay in the islands of Florida.

On the heels of the official reopening of its border, Solomon Islands’ tourism industry has resumed operations in a major way, preparing to welcome international tourists taking part in the 80th anniversary of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

Over 200 visitors are expected at the event, including dedicated tour groups from Japan and the United States who will all be staying at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel in Honiara during their stay, with all arrangements handled by local tour operators , Travel Solomons and Pure Solomons.

The tour schedules, primarily from August 7-12, have been designed to incorporate many key battle sites in and around Honiara and will also include a visit to the famous Tulagi Blue Beach and Tokyo Bay in the islands. from Florida.

Route highlights include the Japanese and American Memorials, Galloping Horse Ridge, the Matanikau River, the National Parliament Building (a 50th anniversary gift from the US Government), the Gifu, Fighter 1 and Fighter 3 and the Crash Strip, Henderson Field, Alligator Creek, and Beach Red.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manesseh Sogavare, government officials from the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, ministers and cultural officials will be present to commemorate the official anniversary process which takes place on August 07, the date on which in 1942 the American Marines landed in Guadalcanal, Tulagi and the islands of Florida.

The (acting) CEO of Tourism Solomons, Dagnal Dereveke, said the revival of the destination’s heavily impacted tourism sector could not have gotten off to a better start so soon after the border reopened.

“We appreciate that this is a small start on our road to recovery, but it’s a good start,” he said.

“Putting ourselves into the spotlight of global tourism, even if only for a short time, gives us confidence that the G80 anniversary will act as a catalyst for a rapid return to where we were before we closed our border in March. 2020,” he said.

Source: Solomons Tourism

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