Minister Manetoali and SINU Chairman Nataniel Waena unfold the note to officially hand over the tourism building, as DPM Manasseh Maelanga and other official guests witnessed
SOLOMON Islands strive to develop its human resources in the thriving tourism industry sector has now reached another significant milestone in the country’s history.
Its significance has clearly been witnessed last week in the grand handing over ceremony of the country’s new tourism complex to Solomon Islands National University (SINU) at the Kukum campus compound.
This came after several years of cooperative commitments and constructive planning made through a strong partnership involving various stake holders in the development process of establishing the new $2 million modern infrastructure to accommodate the School of Tourism and Hospitality in the country.
According to the Minister of Tourism Samuel Manetoali, the new School of Tourism and Hospitality double story building of the National Solomon Islands National University (SINU) signifies a significant milestone for this nation as we strive to develop our human resource in tourism sector.
“It’s a very special occasion because we also are celebrating the fruits of collaboration between various institutions who also involve in the development process; a partnership that embraced a shared vision for a better Solomon Islands.”
Mr Manetoali said as we all know that a need to develop such an academic facility is very important as we strive to response to the shortage of skilled labor aiming and addressing the gaps that exists in the country’s tourism and hospitality sector.
“To have such a facility is a milestone achievement for this country; this will allow students to develop their skills and gain a much needed expertise in a purpose build environment that will replicate a hotel with catering, restaurant, bar, accommodation and conference centre apart from mainstream tourism and hospitality courses,” said the minister.
He added that tourism in this country has a lot of potential but is also a labor intensive and people orientated industry.
“When a tourist visits our destinations or attractions, they buy not only our physical amenities and attractions but also the skills and services of the employees.
“For this reasons the human resources development is a preeminent concern towards civil operators in this country.
“We need to work out to the fact that tourism workforce is one of the main factors of competiveness in the global markets.”