Press Coverage Solomon Islands Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2017

On this page you can find the press coverage for the Solomon Islands Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop, which took place in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 21 to 22 November 2017.

Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop A Success For Solomon Islands
SPTO, November 30, 2017

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation participated in the Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop for Solomon Islands on the 21st and 22nd of November aimed at promoting sustainable use of local food by the tourism industry through strengthened intersectoral policies. The workshop was organised by the Government of Solomon Islands in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisaton (PIPSO), SPTO, Technical Centre for Rural and Agricultural Development (CTA), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Pacific Community (SPC).

Journey to Formulate Agritourism Policy Underway
The Island Sun, 23 November 2017

Government ministries, farmers and experts have embarked on the journey to formulate a first-ever Agritourism policy. The journey began yesterday at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation where the parties brainstormed possibilities to establish any linkage between Agriculture and Tourism through policy setting that would strengthen the local agrifood sector and promote agritourism. Speaking during the opening of the workshop, the Minister of Culture and Tourism Hon Bartholomew Parapolo said Solomon Islands has great potential in Agritourism and that the workshop focuses on strengthening the linkage between agriculture, tourism and trade with forward-looking initiatives that would boost Agritourism activities in the country

Agritourism policy setting workshop uncovers opportunities
The Island Sun, 23 November 2017

The Agritourism Policy Setting workshop which kicked off yesterday has uncovered lots of opportunities through which the country can benefit from the Agritourism industry. The workshop brought together government ministries, farmers and regional experts from Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) to discuss possibilities to formulate an Agritourism Policy that would drive the industry in the future. It was clear during  yesterday’s discussions that the country has a huge potential in the Agritourism industry and that there is a need for policy framework that would drive the industry forward. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Andrew Nihopara said Solomon Islands has a lot of potentials that should add values to existing agritourism activities in the country.

Positive start for proposed Agritourism policy
The Island Sun, 23 November 2017

The two-day workshop on setting the scene for the proposed Agritourism Policy has concluded with a concrete foundation to draft the policy. Collective ideas from local farmers, government ministries, hotel operators and other stakeholders have been documented and will be used to lure in support to develop the Agritourism policy to guide the industry in the country. Speaking during the closing of the workshop yesterday, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Mr Peter Kenilorea Jr said the workshop provides a paramount contribution to the country’s ambition in securing a conducive environment and tapping the opportunities as well as benefits of Agritourism industry.

Country needs professional chefs
The Island Sun, 23 November 2017

The preliminary session on Agritourism has found that there is a need of professional chefs to prepare delicious local dishes in hotels and resorts. Speaking during the Agritourism workshop yesterday, Solomon Islands Sales and Marketing Manager Mrs Freda Unusi said local food cuisine are lacking in most hotels due to lack of professional chefs to formulate delicious dishes. “We have the products and resources but the know-how is lacking. “If we are thinking of promoting our local foods, we should start thinking about improving this area,” she said. Unusi said recommendation left behind by visiting tourist shows there a need for hotels to contemporary local dishes as well as organic herbal food stuffs.

CTA, PIPSO and SPTO assist SI Agritourism sector
The Island Sun, 23 November 2017

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) are assisting the country with frameworks to effectively establish Agritourism. These three regional organisations were instrumental in setting the scene for Solomon Islands’ proposed Agritourism Policy during the two-day workshop this week. Consultant for CTA Ms Mereia Volavola said CTA with the support of PIPSO and SPTO will mobilise future programmes and activities based on the outcomes of the two days’ Agritourism Policy Setting workshop held at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Cooperation (SIBC) in Honiara. She told those present during the closing of the workshop that the outcome of the workshop will assist CTA to draft a proposal to secure funding to mobilise future programmes that would help establish an effective Agritourism industry in Solomon Islands