Gizo Homestay Owner Calls for Gender Equality and Tourism Sector Support

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LOCAL tourism entrepreneur Hellen Taumaika is calling for increased support for the tourism sector and more emphasis on gender equality in the industry.

Hellen, the owner of Gizo, Western Province’s Pinokoi Homestay, a well-liked lodging for daring surfers, feels that women in the tourism industry ought to be given equal opportunity and encouragement to thrive.

As the Solomon Islands 2024 joint election nears polling day on April 17, Hellen calls for the next government after the election to increase funding and resources for the tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 November riots in Honiara. She believes that, with the right support, the tourism industry can bounce back and thrive once again.

“Tourism is a vital part of our local economy, and it’s important that we do everything we can to support businesses in the sector,” Hellen told TOURISM MEDIA. “By investing in tourism and promoting gender equality, we can help to ensure a brighter future for our community and country.”

Taumaika highlighted the significance of proper data collection and direct support for local tourism entrepreneurs in the tourism sector by national and provincial authorities.

“One of the key recommendations put forward by Helen is the enforcement of registration for tourism operators to ensure accountability and quality service provision,” she noted.

She stressed the necessity of training initiatives reaching remote villages to tap into the untapped potential of the country.

“We need to move beyond mere storytelling and actively advocate for the empowerment of local tourism operators,” Helen said.

By implementing these measures, she believes that the tourism sector can experience significant growth while also fostering community development and empowerment.

As a respected figure in the local entrepreneurial community in Gizo, Helen’s insights shed light on critical issues and offer actionable solutions for advancing gender equality and bolstering the tourism sector in Western Province. Her advocacy serves as a catalyst for meaningful change and progress in the country.

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