New appointment, increased numbers for SI

SOLOMON Airlines has appointed APG Network as its general sales agent, representing the pacific carrier in 11 countries.
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Operations and commercial general manager Gus Kraus said the company would give Solomon Airlines full sales, marketing and call centre activity in Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.

"APG Network has a demonstrated track reputation and a solid knowledge of local market conditions in the countries where it operates," he said.

"Add to this a proven track record in service delivery, all of which makes it an obvious choice to partner with [us]."

Figures released by the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau showed a 14.9% increase in tourist arrivals for May, with CEO Josefa Tuamoto saying the combined efforts of the National Tourism Office, Solomon Airlines and local industry had put the country into the international travel spotlight.

"2014 proved a tough year for the Solomon Islands - the Honiara floods in April followed by the prolonged Fiji-Solomon Islands air impasse had a major effect on our visitation," he said.

"But it also gave us the opportunity to consolidate our position, look at where we wanted to go and start building the platform we needed to build in order to begin boosting then country's tourism fortunes.

"The reality is we need to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. Key to everything is looking at the ways the Solomon Islands combined tourism industry, with continued government support, can continue to improve and build upon these solid results."

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