The Solomon Islands sit in the South Pacific, between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, with a population of 550,000 predominantly Melanesian inhabitants. Local customs and traditions remain an important part of the life on the islands. And it’s drawing interest to the destination.
The Solomon Islands tourism industry registered a 29 per cent increase in visitor arrivals for the first quarter of 2018, over the same time period in 2017. International visitation increased from 4,881 to 6,296 with January, February and March 2018 all showing positive growth of 33 per cent, plus 13.5 per cent and 36.3 per cent respectively. Australian arrivals dominate, with a strong growth also from New Zealanders. Papa New Guinea and the United States came in third and fourth.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.