United States based newspaper The New York Times, while naming the top 52 tourist destinations in the world worth visiting; stated that Papua New Guinea was ranked or placed 29th out of the 52 cities and tourism attractions in the world.
Along with PNG, the South Australian city of Adelaide was the only places from the Pacific region apart from popular tourist destinations like Sydney, Melbourne and Fiji Islands. Top on the list of must visit places is Milan in Italy while the bottom of the rank is Kas, a Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
According to the newspaper, Papua New Guinea is becoming more accessible to avid travellers. The New York Timesdescribed PNG as "an up-and-coming travel destination" and one of the Pacific’s most isolated corners opens up".
This island nation (PNG) has long been off the radar for most visitors, mainly because of the difficulty of getting there. Tourism is set to boom, however, now that the country has begun welcoming mega-cruise ships.
P & O Cruises docked its first 2,000-passenger ship in the turquoise waters of Milne Bay on the south-eastern coast in late 2013, and this year it is expanding its Papua New Guinea fleet and adding several new destinations, including Madang province, a popular diving spot.
"In remote areas, more eco-lodges are popping up, as well, such as the Lake Murray Lodge, a rustic retreat that opened last June on the shores of the country’s largest lake, a bird-watching paradise," the newspaper was stated. Neither the Office of the Tourism Minister nor the PNG Tourism Authority could be contacted for comments. Post Courier