The rating for tourist visits is "really good", according to a private tourism operator.

Speaking to Solomon Times, Wilson Maelaua revealed that a tourist boat, 'Spirit of Oceanus' is expected to arrive in Tikopia islands tomorrow.

Mr. Maelaua revealed that the visit is one of 11 expected tourist boats earmarked to sail through Solomon Islands this year.

This however depends on the current weather pattern for the early part of this year, but "the number is looking really good".

Mr. Maelaua acknowledged that despite slight disturbances in the capital, Honiara, the presence and support of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to the Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) is helping to curb lawless activities in the country.

Meanwhile, the newly established Ministry of Culture and Tourism will soon introduce the International Visitors Survey.

The International Visitors Survey (IVS) has completed its last intake of data in November of 2007, which is due to be released in February 2008.

This survey is an 'exit survey' of visitors at the Honiara International Airport.

The objective of the survey is to provide the Government and the broader Solomon Islands business community with information on the characteristics, attitudes and expenditure of overseas visitors to the Solomon Islands.

The International Visitors Survey (IVS) is funded by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).