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 Papakura 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 governments and tourism industry corporations to make certain that the tourism zone keeps the world’s over-regarded requirements satisfactory. The software has been particularly developed with the aid of the Ministry through sizable research and stakeholder workshops at some point in the united states of America.
Each of the establishments visited had been assessed 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 has become happy with his group, which has visited providers and supported them with the know-how of how to enhance offerings and facilities to meet visitor expectancies better. “Accommodation providers are vital to assisting the Solomon Islands to entice travelers, 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 on the 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 of several key packages currently being performed by MCT, supported by using Australian Government-initiative ‘Strong 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 formalizing accommodation classes and ensuring that lodging providers shape one’s classes properly.
By formalizing categories and aligning them with the world-recognized 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, Papakura Island Retreat, Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, and the Coral Sea Resort & Casino.