International Arrivals to Solomons’ hit 16k in 2017 fourth quota

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Government Statistician Douglas Kimi.

SOLOMON Islands International Arrivals in 2017 fourth quarter increased further to 16,216 compared with the 13,639 arrivals recorded in the previous (third) quarter.

The total arrivals account for 18.9 per cent growth compared to the 5.4 per cent noted from the previous quarter.

The impressive growth indicates a steady upturn in the six month period (July-December 2017) and that the tourism season in Solomon Islands in growing stronger each year with increasing signs that the country’s tourism spike is growing – as far as international arrivals are concerned.

Releasing the official statistics prepared by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO), Government Statistician Douglas Kimi said the 18.9 per cent increase compared to the previous quarter (3rd quarter 2017) and also compared to the same quarter a year ago recorded an increase of 10.8 per cent.

He said returning residents made up 55 per cent of arrivals for the fourth quarter with 44 per cent of arrivals were visitors and the remaining 1 per cent were intending residents.

Mr Kimi said visitor arrivals for the fouth quarter lessened by 2.2 per cent to 7,122 vistors, compared to the third quarter 2017 figure of 7,281 visitors.

“Compared to the third quarter of 2017, there was a 4.9 per cent decrease in male visitors and a 3.4 per cent increase in female visitors. There was a 4.5 per cent increase in visitor arrivals from fourth quarter 2016 to fourth quarter 2017,” he said.

Source: SINSO Media