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Honiara’s Coral Seas Resort & Casino – stage one opens for business

September 8, 2017 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Taking the standard of accommodation to levels previously unseen in the Solomon Islands and providing a much-needed source of new hotel inventory, stage one of the new Coral Seas Resort & Casino in Honiara has been officially opened.

Comprising five beachfront villas and 30 Seaview Suites, the new resort is located on prime beachfront, minutes away from the Honiara CBD and a 30-minute drive from Honiara International Airport.

When completed in 2018, the resort will feature an additional 70 suites and a deep-water marina.

The resort’s signature dining facilities, ‘Haydn’s Steakhouse’ and adjacent romantic dining venue ‘Harry’s landing’, have been operational since 2015.

Congratulating the resort’s management and investors at an official opening ceremony, Ministry of Culture & Tourism Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara said the new property was seen as a major contribution to raising the quality level of the Solomon Islands’ overall accommodation portfolio.

“From the government’s perspective, your continuous investment and expansion of this magnificent tourism property is a welcoming sign of investor confidence and commitment to both the country and a tourism sector that we are working tirelessly to grow and progress in order for it to become a key economic driver,” Mr Nihopara said.

“As Honiara and the country continues to build its capacity and attractiveness to host international events, meetings and conferences and in the process grow our international visitation numbers, the need for more high-quality rooms will definitely increase.”

Echoing the Permanent Secretary’s comments, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the destination ideally needed to grow its leisure market, currently constituting around 30 per cent of overall international visitation.

“With new operators coming online in both our traditional and developing source markets we are confident this growth will be achieved but first we need to see an increase in our accommodation infrastructure.,” he said.

“This is particularly the case with Honiara where we see huge potential from the MICE and related business traffic.

“We need more resources to tap into and grow this area of the business and the Coral Seas Resort development is a fantastic step in the right direction.”

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