A New Zealand geothermal training company is to start teaching classes in the Solomon Islands, as it looks to boost tourism.
Key points:Aruba training companies are planning to open the first class in DecemberNew Zealanders will be able to take classes from December next yearA geothermal platform is set to be installed in the countryThe company will open the school next year with a goal to teach 100 people a year by 2020The Solomon Islands’ Tourism Minister, Rui Roque, said the school would open in December next, with a plan to train 100 people by 2020.
“We’re really excited that we’re starting the school in December,” Mr Roque said.
“I think it’s really exciting that we are starting the Geothermal Training School in the year 2020.”
The country is on the brink of a rapid growth in tourism due to the growing availability of natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Mr Roque welcomed the arrival of the school, which will be run by the New Zealand Government-run Geothermal Academy.
“It’s really going to be a big boost to tourism and we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
The school will open in a two-story building in the town of Sirocco, which has a population of about 1,000.
Mr Roq said the geothermal activity would allow the area to remain open to tourists for longer.
“The geothermal is so important in terms of climate change, and I think it can be really good for our economy because it means that we have less traffic congestion,” he added.
Mr Rui said the project would cost about $5 million.
The New Zealand government has previously said it would support the project, but that the Government-owned Geothermal Academies would not be responsible for any emissions.
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