New SIVB boss outlines plans

 Josefa Tuamoto once Fiji’s top tourism marketing official is now taking his vast years of experience to the Solomon Islands. Last month, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) announced Tuamoto’s appointment as the new General Manager of SIVB, replacing local Michael Tokuru. Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau board chairman Moses Tepai said the appointment represented a major achievement for their tourism aspirations and is intended to play a key role in the Solomon Islands increasing its annual international visitor intake. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jo’s calibre on board.“Jo is highly regarded on the international tourism stage, his reputation and the huge success he has achieved for Fiji’s tourism precedes him. “This is especially the case in those visitor source markets we see as being critical to the future growth of our tourism industry and in particular, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.” South Pacific Tourism Organisation chief executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said Tuamoto will assist and contribute to the initiatives and undertakings by the Solomon Islands Government to grow and harness the potential of the industry to improve employment opportunities, develop small tourism businesses and increase its contribution to the economy.

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