Minister of Tourism, Samuel Manetoali officially hands over the keys to SINU's Chairman Cheif Nataniel Waena during the hand over ceremony
SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) has reached another significant milestone as new owner of the newly constructed School of Tourism and Hospitality facility complex.
The country’s newly established national university has now been given the official caretaking responsibility with a new sense of pride and ownership to the $2 million two-story facility after a symbolic grand handing over ceremony at the complex venue at Kukum campus.
The newly constructed School of Tourism and Hospitality complex has various rooms that students will utilize and engage in their tourism and hospitality academic studies later this year.
These includes two tutorial rooms, a lecture theatre, an office and rooms for staff and students locker, two conference rooms, two practical rooms and a kitchen.
Former Governor General and Chairman of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Council Sir Nathaniel Waena said the new piece of infrastructure adds to the value of the assets of the university and guarantees the assured development of man power which will help to spearhead and sustained the tourism industry.
“We are also adding an academic flavor to the growth and diversifications of child learning here in our national university with establishing the School of Tourism and Hospitality.
“The nation is pretty assured by the current government that there is seriousness in the quest to fully developed the whole potential in the tourism industry by providing a training facility for education and for the training of the workforce to manned the hotels, motels and rest houses, resorts and home stays throughout various workforce who come to the university for a proper education and training of manpower to sustain the tourism industry and enhance it developments in Solomon Islands.”
He also acknowledged the government’s ministry of tourism for initiating the funding to construct the standout architectural designed education facility.
“The university is the most appreciative and treasures the facility as a wonderful gift which now adds to the enhancement of the training program of the university in the area of tourism,” said the former statesman.
SINU board and staff, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB), government officers and dignitaries, Minister of Tourism, Samuel Manetoali, Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga, JF construction representative, local Tourism operators and stakeholders.