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