The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office, SINSO, has released the second quarter of 2020 Annual Visitors Report.
Government Statistician Douglas Kimie distributed the report on April 27th 2021.
He said the report shows a significant decline of international arrivals was recorded since the closure of International flight imposed by Solomon Islands Government towards the end of March 2020, as a measure to prevent Solomon Island residents and citizens from COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Kimi said total arrivals for second quarter of 2020 were 331.
“This is a decrease of 96.0 percent compared to the previous quarter. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, a decrease of 97.6 percent was recorded.
“Returning residents made up 84.6 percent of arrivals for second quarter 2020. This was followed by Visitors with 14.8 percent of arrivals and the remaining less than 1percent were Intending residents.
The National Statistician said visitor arrivals for the second quarter decreases by 98.8 percent to 49 visitors, compared to the first quarter 2020 figure of 4,080 visitors.
“There was a decrease of 99.3 percent in visitors arrivals from second quarter 2019 to second quarter 2020.
Chart 1 shows that the returning category make up the largest proportions of all arrivals while the visitors and intending resident categories makes up the lesser share this quarter.