Tourism Business of the Year Award - Dive Munda Wins!
We are absolutely thrilled! Dive Munda is both honoured and humbled to have received this prestigious award at this special occasion. It is extra special for us seeing that the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) just added this award category in 2017 and we are ecstatic to be the very first winner! This category has been added to recognise the outstanding delivery of tourism services and attractions that attract significant visitor numbers, enhance the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products and services. This category also recognises tourism operations and events that foster an understanding and appreciation of Solomon Islands culture, history, heritage, tradition and the arts.
For us, being a small operator in an amazing destination, this award means so much! With this award it will help us not only promote the Solomon Islands as a prime dive destination worldwide, but also help our people and communities to develop and prosper. Most importantly, it gives us a voice to continue to advocate the importance of sustainable dive tourism, ocean conservation and coral reef protection in a pristine, untouched and unspoilt destination like Munda.
Personally, I would like to thank our wonderful guests from all over the world that continues to rate us as a top tourism operator and my amazing staff, without which none of this would have been possible. Also, special thanks to my community in Munda and my business partners and our industry partners the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture and Tourism, our Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, our national carrier, Solomon Airlines, SICCI as well as our accommodation partners Agnes Gateway Hotel, Zipolo Hapu Resort and Titiru Eco Lodge. A final word of gratitude to my family back in my motherland for supporting my decision to leave one country I love to go and make a positive difference in another one I love!