PNG Tourism Promotion Authority

Alkena cultural centre to be promoted

This is to promote its cultural product on the world market to attract more tourists to visit the site. 

Since 2014, 155 international tourists had visited the site.

This was revealed by Jacinta Tai, coordinator of culture from the Division of Commerce,Tourism and Culture – WHPA recently when accompanying 6 tourists from France to the site. 

The cultural centre was formed in 2015 however, due to its unique cultural performances and scenic sites, the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has decided to market the centre to the world.

Tourism must be promoted: Governor-General

Dadae said tourism has an enormous economic potential for the country but is unexplored. 

“Our country’s economic potential lies in tourism in areas that are untapped or yet to be explored.

“PNG is an attractive destination in terms of cultural diversity, with more than 800 languages and cultures that we can showcase to the world, and natural beauty, our country is very beautiful with diverse flora and fauna, high mountains, magnificent waterfalls and stunning beaches, to name a few,” Dadae said.

More needs to be done for eco-tourism

Eco-tourism business owner Vincent Kumura described this sector in the tourism industry as a sleeping giant that is now a fast growing industry.

Kumura said large scale tourism organizations or businesses must not dominate every single aspect of the tourism market.

He said this will kill equal participation by locals, discourage specialisation, slow economic growth and increase poverty.

To further develop the industry, Kumura says all stakeholders must work together.

Sustainable tourism needed to move industry forward

Eco-tourism business owner Vincent Kumura said sustainable tourism practices are very necessary in the tourism industry.

Kumura stressed the importance of sustainable tourism practices when speaking to students at the recent 9th Liklik Diwai Tourism Expo hosted by Divine Word University in Madang.

Kumura is the managing director for Snow Pass eco-lodge located at Bundi in Madang Province.

He said tourism must be managed sustainably from the product development, strategic management, integrated marketing to the customer service delivery stages. 

Over 20 cultural groups set for Pasin Tumbuna Day

Port Moresby Nature Park and PNG Tourism Promotion Authority have announced the inclusion of this new event, which will complement the Tourism Week celebrations.

The event, to be hosted at the Park, will be completely unique in its approach to other cultural celebrations. It will provide visitor participation in activities such as basket weaving, bilum making, traditional food processing and preparation, the art of carving, and playing of traditional games.

Kulang pledges to incorporate discussions into tourism initiatives

“I will make sure we will go through the record of discussions amongst the delegates from the APEC member economies that have a lot of experiences in the tourism sector, and we adopt some of their comments and discussions to improve our tourism market and destination.”

Kulang was speaking at the opening of the 49th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation-APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting yesterday in Kokopo, East New Britain.

Tourism can build economy, says Kulang

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tobias Kulang, during the naming ceremony of Air Niugini’s Fokker 70 “Alotau”, says tourism is not just some leisure activity; it is a critical aspect that builds the economy.

“Tourism is sustaining a lot of economies in the region but for PNG, tourism contributes only 2 percent to the country’s GDP when in comparison, I believe we have a lot of potential,” Kulang says.

TPA backs fashion industry with fashion tourism concept

TPA CEO, Jerry Angus highlights the close similarities between the two industries, saying they can work along.

He says like tourism, fashion is based on culture, ultimately wants to sell, has a niche market and gives a sense of self-identity.

Speaking at the first day of workshop organised by PNG Fashion Week yesterday, the CEO pledged TPA’s support behind PNGFW’s initiative.

Owers Corner interpretive display unveiled

The display is the first of a series that TPA would like to install in the Kokoda Track region. It has been developed as part of the Heritage Supporting Tourism project.

This new interpretive display will provide visitors with an insight in the shared history between the two countries, as well as the region's natural, cultural and military history.

Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang unveiled the interpretive display on behalf of the Kokoda Initiative and said this is a significant achievement in preserving this tourism heritage and site.