Honiara, Solomon Islands, 26 August 2019 – The close-knit Solomon Islands travel community is in mourning following the death of larger than life tourism pioneer Shane Kennedy who passed away in Brisbane on Friday.
As the owner of the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara and the Gizo Hotel in Gizo in the Western Province, Mr Kennedy was prominent on the tourism scene and actively involved with communities in both areas.
Offering his condolences to the Kennedy family, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto thanked Mr Kennedy for the huge contribution he made to the Solomon Islands tourism sector.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Shane’s passing,” Mr Tuamoto said.
“He was a truly larger than life character who worked incredibly hard with and for the local community and in the process, made a huge difference to many people’s lives as a major employer.
“He will always be remembered for the success he achieved in placing the Solomon Islands and particularly Gizo on the world tourism map.”
“His leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
“I am sure Shane would have said himself, the most important thing is to give your best on the day and he most certainly did that.”
Mr Kennedy leaves behind his wife Suzie, son Shamus and daughter Ngaio May.
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