The Solomon Island Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) has introduced the first Solomon Islands lodging companies to gain ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’.
The lodging vendors, inclusive of SINPF Hibiscus Apartments, the Heritage Park Hotel, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, the Coral Sea Resort & Casino in Honiara and the Papatura Island Retreat in Santa Isabel have been presented ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’ in a proper rite at the Heritage Park Hotel.
Minimum Standard is a device used internationally by way of governments and tourism industry corporations to make certain that the tourism zone keeps the world over-regarded requirements of satisfactory. The software has been particularly developed with the aid of the Ministry through sizable research and stakeholder workshops at some point of the united states of America.
Each of the establishments visited had been assessed by using an expert crew from MCT’s Tourism Division which thus far has already assessed ninety-eight of 280 properties throughout the Solomon Islands.
The Minimum Standards group additionally spends a great time consulting with folks who wish to perform accommodation advising them on how the Minimum Standards may be used as a guideline while constructing and promoting their businesses.
MCT Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara said he become happy with his group which has visited providers and supported them with know-how of how to enhance offerings and facilities to better meet visitor expectancies.
“Accommodation providers are vital to assisting the Solomon Islands to entice travellers, create jobs and generate profits. This is essential now, greater than ever with tourism and ecotourism stepping up to fill the distance left by the declining logging enterprise,” he said.
As part of the Minimum Standards procedure, MCT staff verify institutions based totally at the sort of lodging the establishment wants to provide. Establishments can select to be assessed as a Hotel, Resort, Motel, Budget Accommodation, Tourist Bungalow, Ecolodge, Serviced Apartment or Homestay.
For all accommodation providers, the requirements cowl essential regions inclusive of: Guest Rooms and Bathrooms; Emergency, Safety and Security; Legal requirements; Business Operations; Front Office and Lobby; Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar; Guest Services; Building, Grounds and Maintenance; and Environmental Management.
The Minimum Standards Program is one in every of several key packages currently being performed by MCT, supported by using Australian Government-initiative ‘Strongim Bisnis’, Enhanced Integrated Framework Program (EIF) and the Australian Volunteers International application.
The Standards assist promote and inspire tourism inside the Solomon Islands with the aid of formalising accommodation classes and ensuring that lodging providers in shape the ones classes properly.
By formalising categories and aligning them with across the world-recognised standards, the Solomon Islands can higher market and promote its lodging to the foreign places market and increase consider with travelers and tour dealers before they make bookings.
Attached picture shows (from left to proper) control of SINPF Hibiscus Apartments, the Heritage Park Hotel, Papatura Island Retreat, Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel and the Coral Sea Resort & Casino.