New Zealand is facing tough times, with tourism plummeting to its lowest level in more than a decade.
Key points:New Zealand tourism has been plummeting for the last six yearsThe Solomon Islands, a tiny Pacific island nation of just 200,000 people, has struggled to get its tourist arrivals backThe Solomon islands have suffered a drop in visitors as a result of its harsh climate and isolationThe number of visitors to the Solomon islands, including for activities such as swimming and surfing, has dropped from more than 300,000 in 2008 to just over 20,000 last year.
New Zealand Tourism Minister Peter Dunne said the government was working to find a solution.
“The tourism sector is one of the best performers in the Pacific, but the number of visits to the country has dropped significantly,” he said.
“Tourism is a vital part of our economy and we need to be confident we can recover it.”
But it’s important that we don’t stop there, and we’ve got to find ways to make sure people are seeing the benefits of the island economy.
“New Zealand is home to more than two million people and is one the most visited countries in the world.
It is the third-largest island nation in the Polynesian archipelago.
It also has a population of just over 6,000.”
It is certainly not sustainable,” Mr Dunne told Radio New Zealand.”
We are a small country.
And that’s the thing about being a small island, is you can’t compete with any other country in terms of how big the island is.
“You can’t have any other island, because it’s so big.
So we need a strategy to make it sustainable.”
He said the Solomon islanders had made significant progress, but a number of challenges still remained.
“There is a lack of infrastructure, for example, the roads are very bad and they don’t have the capacity to carry large amounts of tourists,” he told Radio NZ.
“So I think it’s an area that we need some assistance in terms, how do we make the road more sustainable.”
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