THE SOLOMON ISLANDS HOPES TO MAKE GUADALCANAL A TOURIST DESTINATION

The government of the Solomon Islands is looking to attract more tourists from the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.



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An American landing craft abandoned on Guadalcanal (Photo: Stefan Armbruster SBS News)

The remote islands are the location of the famous Battle of Guadalcanal, America’s first offensive against Japan. Relics from this battle as well as from numerous other Solomon Island campaigns are still being discovered in the jungles and waters around the islands, including wrecks of American and Japanese aircraft with the remains of the pilots still in the cockpits.

The government is hoping that in the future more military historians, enthusiasts and relatives of WWII veterans will want to make the trek out to the islands, whose underdeveloped tourist industry and high cost of travel have so far hindered the country’s efforts.

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An American P-39 Airacobra rests in Rendova Harbor (Photo: Stefan Armbruster SBS News)



To date, less than 20,000 people visit the Solomon Islands every year, which is less than 100 people a day. The government is hoping to turn this around with the upcoming ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal which will be held next year. The event will include some surviving WWII veterans and a large contingent of military personnel, relatives and tourists from the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

The Solomon Islands government is hoping that the preservation of the past will help its future and make the islands a destination spot for those interested in the Pacific War.

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Marines storm ashore on Guadalcanal



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