DSIP budget must include tourism - eco-tour operator

The District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) must include a tourism budget to encourage direct local participation and sustainability of eco-tourism products.

Eco-tourism business owner Vincent Kumura says districts must promote sustainable eco-tourism as it is  necessary in the tourism industry.

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

He added that in order to sustain eco-tourism businesses there must be better access to government services such as road infrastructure, education and security.

Kumara highlighted that tourism must be sustainable because if one can't apply sustainable tourism practices, his or her business dies.

“Tourism business owners must focus on appreciating, preserving, and adding value to the local culture, natural environment and lifestyle of the people in and around an area.

“Therefore, it is vital to ensure that sound sustainable tourism practices become a norm for your tourism business,” he said.

Picture caption: Traditional style Ecotourism at Nuli Sapi on Logea Island, in Milne Bay Province

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Quintina Naime