We look forward to the completion of the New Hilton Hotel, its official opening and receiving our guests for APEC 2018 at this hotel
The Hilton Hotel is a world renowned brand when it comes to hospitality, and this landmark will go a long way to establishing Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea as a whole worldwide in the industry.
We look forward to the completion of the New Hilton Hotel, its official opening and receiving our guests for APEC 2018 at this hotel
PAPUA New Guinea is contributing to the development of sustainable tourism opportunities through APEC and is taking a community-level approach to develop tourism solutions.
Speaking at the Tourism Working Group workshop on sustainable tourism in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ms Alcinda Trawen, from the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) provided two successful Papua New Guinea case studies to tourism officials from APEC’s 20 other members.
The two community level case studies covered a sustainable tourism project in Kimbe in West New Britain Province, and the other was the development of the Tupira Surf Club, on the North Coast of Madang Province.
She said both projects have been developed under TPA’s authentic model called Community Based Locally Managed Area (CBLA), in that it promotes the protection of the environment and culture, and enhances tourism sustainability.
"We don’t proclaim to have the best community-based case studies in the region, but our examples and case studies that are based on real-world experience and organic to our own environment," Ms Trawen told the APEC meeting in Vietnam.
"In PNG, our departments that are responsible for Climate Change and Tourism are working in parallel and are enhancing common strength between the two sectors.
"One of PNG’s overarching characteristics is our culture, which includes a system of landownership, cultural obligations, decision-making
STRONG demand for seats on the soon-to-be launched direct service between Townsville and Port Moresby comes as no surprise to Air Niugini.
Network planner for Air Niugini David Glover yesterday said the airline wanted to take advantage of Townsville’s wide catchment area.
“Townsville is a huge population base with travellers expected to come from not only the city itself but from Mackay, Mount Isa and Rockhampton,” he said.
“This new service will open up direct access for business travellers, students, defence and sporting communities to not only travel direct to PNG but then on to Asia as well.”
The twice-weekly Townsville to Port Moresby flights, to be launched March 31, would coincide with domestic flights to major PNG centres as well as international destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila.
Mr Glover said the airline would increase the service if the demand warranted it.
Youth group YWAM Townsville has thrown its weight behind the flights, with up to 1000 of their volunteers to use the service this year.
YWAM managing director Ken Mulligan said he expected the organisation would increase the number of people using the service to Port Moresby in the years to come.
“Air Niugini’s commitment to flights between the two cities would strengthen the relationship between Townsville and Port Moresby,” he said.
“It is not only just about us as a major, worldwide, organisation though, it’s about a collective effort and how Townsville partners with PNG and how we play to our strengths to see some wonderful outcomes.”
Mr Mulligan said the direct link service paved the way for Townsville to become a key hub in the worldwide youth volunteer organisation.
“We will put about 800 to 1000 people on the service when it starts in March for the coming year,” he said.
“And we will build on that. This will make Townsville one of the key hubs to fly people in to the city and then on to PNG.”
Townsville Enterprise Limited policy and investment director Michael McMillan said the direct service between the cities was huge coup in terms of the defence, health, education and tourism as well as for mining services. Source: Townsvillebulletin
Pacific destinations are to be heavily marketed in a series of events across Europe.
This week and next a series of one-day business-to-business meetings are being held in Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Zurich and Manchester.
On 25 February, a separate consumer event is also being held in Malmo, Sweden with 33 companies including airlines, cruise operators, tourism offices and hotels from Fiji, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu expected to advertise their wares.
RNZ reports these events lead up to South Pacific's participation in the largest consumer and travel trade show in Berlin in early March.
National tourism offices, airlines, resorts and tour operators from Fiji, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu will be represented at the event.
Source: Radio New Zealand
Papua New Guinea has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveller’s 21 “Best of the World Destinations” for 2017.
In a statement, the Tourism Promotion Authority proudly said: “The highly anticipated annual list was unveiled in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of the magazine and has gone on sale on newsstands globally since November 29, and is also online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.”
TPA chief Executive officer Jerry Agus said National Geographic is the world’s top traveler’s magazine and for PNG to get its endorsement as one of the world’s best ‘must see’ destinations in 2017 was simply awesome.
Agus said despite the many challenges in marketing and promoting PNG to the world as a desired tourism destination, the efforts by TPA and our tourism industry partners were slowly but surely paying dividends on the world stage.
“To be also named by National Geographic as one of the best cultural destinations in the world further enhances PNG’s profile as the cultural capital of world,” he said.
“We all know our unique and diverse cultures and traditions are a major tourism attraction and such glowing global endorsements from National Geographic should only encourage us, as a people and a nation, to continue to strengthen and maintain our cultures and traditions.”
Agus said the challenge now was for TPA to work closely with key stakeholders, such as the National Cultural Commission and the national and provincial show organising committees, to continue to promote authentic PNG cultures and customs.
“For instance, we have to be strict and discourage our people using PVC pipes as kundu drums and strips of plastic for grass skirts,” he added.
The 2017 Best of the World destinations are (in alphabetical order):
• Anchorage, Alaska, USA
• Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico
• Banff, Alberta, Canada
• Canton Uri, Switzerland
• Cartagena, Colombia
• Central India’s National Parks
• Chengdu, China
• Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
• Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
• Georgia, USA
• Guadeloupe Islands
• Hamburg, Germany
• Kauai, Hawaii, USA
• Madrid, Spain
• Marrakech, Morocco
• Moscow, Russia
• Papua New Guinea
• Seoul, Korea
• Via Dinarica, Western Balkans
The South Pacific region’s premier tourism development and marketing body, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is organising a two-day UK Roadshow on 2nd and 3rd November in London, prior to the World Travel Market from 7 to 9 November
Tourism delegations from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga as well as the Pacific island airline companies Air Calin and Air Niugini will join a team from SPTO in London to showcase what South Pacific tourism has to offer.
An exclusive networking dinner will be held for product managers, tour operators and the media at the Amba Hotel in London on Wednesday November 2nd while Thursday November 3rd will be devoted to showcasing various South Pacific island destinations and their tourism products to travel agencies and tour operators.
The 2016 UK Roadshow aims to:
– promote the South Pacific region’s premier tourism trade event, the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) being held in Sydney, Australia from 19-20 May 2017;
– educate travel agencies on South Pacific island destinations and their tourism products;
– strengthen working relationships with key industry partners in the United Kingdom; and
– raise awareness of SPTO’s South Pacific Specialist programme, an online training platform designed to educate and certify travel agents to become experts on the various tourism products and services that are available throughout the South Pacific.
The 2016 SPTO UK Roadshow is being organised by Destination Representation. The total number of visitors arrivals from the United Kingdom to the South Pacific was 14,181 for the period January to June 2016.
Based in Suva, SPTO works with 16 Pacific island countries and Timor Leste to market and develop tourism in the South Pacific region.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been applauded for recognising tourism as a key economic driver for the future. This follows calls by Mr O’Neill for greater public, private partnership in the sector to establish it as one of the major economic drivers of the future during the opening of the Madang Resort’s new wing last week. Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tobias Kulang said in a statement yesterday that the Prime Minister has recognised that oil and gas and the mineral wealth will diminish over time but industries like tourism will continue to sustain our economy into the future. “I appreciate the gesture in stressing the importance of tourism but this must be followed through with adequate levels of budgetary support to stimulate the growth,” Mr Kulang said.
“The industry requires a dedicated infusion of K100 million each year to stimulate the right level of growth as apart from funding, appropriate policy and legislative realignment are urgently required to facilitate the desired growth.” “There are issues with costs subsidisation, emigration, tax concession, customs, quarantine and host of other issues that require careful review and realignment.” “No one has taken careful consideration as to how this industry was going to evolve over time and as a result our policies and legislations are limiting and hampering growth in this sector and we need smart bureaucrats.” who will think outside the box and are in tune with developments in this sector around the world,” he said.
Mr Kulang said they must understand the market and move with current trends and development adding that the Chinese market is the biggest at the moment and PNG must develop a clear strategy as to how to tap into this market with technologies. “We will have to continue to build on what this government has successfully achieved in the last four years in terms of infrastructure development. “We need to continue to improve our roads, airports and sea ports around country and ensure there is greater efficiency in how we process visitors coming and leaving the country.” “We need our strategic thinking people at National Planning and people who frame budgets at Treasury Department to start lifting the tempo in strategically investing into these growth and sustainable sectors during these times when we are benefiting from the minerals and hydrocarbons wealth,” he stressed.
TOURISM will be a major player in the economic sector in the near future.
Indications of this are the influx of tourists to the September 16-18 Goroka Cultural Show, the success of the Pasin Tumbuna Day at Nature Park in Port Moresby last weekend, and today’s Hiri Moale Festival in Port Moresby.
Other tourist drawers are the upcoming Morobe Show in Lae and the Middle Sepik Festival in Chambri Lakes.
The Government’s tourism interest has led to the granting of visa-on-arrival for Australian tourists and slashing of tourist visa fees in order to increase visitor flow as well as VOA to APEC nationals.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill echoed PNG’s renewed interest in the tourist dollar yesterday when he opened a K4.5 million new wing of the Madang Resort, but called for a greater public-private partnership.
“We must build our tourism infrastructure today so that we can establish the tourism boom of tomorrow,” Mr O’Neill said at the opening the Madang Resort Wenong AB Wing.
“Oil and gas revenue will not last forever so we have to keep diversifying our economy for the decades to come.
“The Government cannot do this alone, we must work in partnership with the private sector.” Resort owner Sir Peter Barter said there was tremendous tourist potential in every part of the country but the creation of tourist hubs in only certain provinces and the concentration by the Government in terms of major events and infrastructure in Port Moresby alone was not in the overall interest of tourism development.
Sir Peter is the chairman of Melanesian Tourist Services Ltd which is a well-known tour operator.
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Papua New Guinea's Capital Port Moresby is the biggest city in the South Pacific apart from cities Australia and New Zealand.
Port Moresby is tipped to beat New Zealands' Auckland city in the next 10 years time. Port Moresby now has well over 700 000 people. The city has developed rapidly due the economy boom stirred by the discovery of Liquidized Natural Gas from the Highlands of PNG.
The National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill have invested heavily in the city with huge infrastructure development included flyover bridges, airports, roads, ports, hotels etc.
At the moment a state of the art development is underway that will transform Port Moresby to cities like Auckland in New Zealand and Sydney in Australian. The development is being undertaking by Paga Hill Development Ltd.