YOUR HAPPINESS, OUR HAPPINESS-
The Conflict Bay Lodge is a locally owned tourist accommodation that operates along the beautiful Conflict Bay, Marau Sound.
Its hospitality is the heart and soul of why many visitors called it one of the best places to spend weekends and holidays in the Solomon Islands.
Our coral reefs are among the most valuable resources we have.
By Niniu Oligao, who
was in Bali, Indonesia for the Coral Triangle Sustainable Marine Tourism
The 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs,
Fisheries, and Food security Regional Business Forum has brought together
representatives of the six governments- Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua
New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste, private sector, non-government
organizations, and scholars to Bali, Indonesia from August 27 to August 29,
"Since the launch of the Coral Triangle Initiative in
2009, Indonesia has worked together with our partner countries to lead efforts
in sustaining the Coral Triangle and we are very proud to host this Forum and
welcome our fellow leaders and visionaries from the Coral Triangle region and
the rest of the world to promote sustainable marine tourism agenda," said
Safri Baharudin, Deputy of Human Resources, Science and Maritime Culture of
Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs. “This forum is aligned to vision of the
government to strengthen Indonesia as a maritime nation,” he added.
This year’s meeting theme is “Charting the Future of the
Coral Triangle as a Global Sustainable Tourism Destination”.
Outgoing Minister for Culture and Tourism for Solomon Islands, Honourable Bartholomew Parapolo deliverying his key note speech.
In his keynote address, Executive Director of CTI- CFF
Regional Secretariat, Dr Widi Pratikto said that the forum’s theme reflects the
central aspiration of the event, to address and find solutions to the
challenges threatening our ocean, especially in the Coral Triangle region.
“It requires commitments and contributions from everyone”, he
The 4th CTI- CFF Regional Business Forum aimed to
provide a platform for the discovery of innovative and collaborative solutions
to promote best practices for responsible tourism, private sector leadership in
sustainable and responsible tourism, as well as showcase the Coral Triangle as
a distinctive brand, a regional sustainable marine tourism destination that
benefits local communities.
We are fortunate to live in a region which is so rich in
marine ecosystems. Our rich coral ecosystems set the bench mark to the future
of our marine tourism. Thousands or even millions have visited our nations
because of the pristine marine ecosystems, including the coral reefs.
“It is our hope that these events will result in solid
recommendations that will allow more stakeholders to be more committed in
practicing sustainable marine tourism in their respected countries, for the
long run”, according to Dr. Widi.
The forum included some events: the Coral Triangle
Sustainable Marine Tourism Conference, the Coral Triangle Marine Tourism Expo,
and the Coral Triangle Marine Tourism Investment Forum and Business to Business
Conference participants in a group picture on the last day.
Solomon Islands delegation, led by Honourable Bartholomew
Parapolo, caretaker Minister of Culture and Tourism, consisted of the
Department of Tourism official, Solomon Islands Tourism for Inclusive
Development Coordinator, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Marketing and
marketing officer, a local tourist operator (Oravae Cottages) attended the
forum and the expo.