Minister for Tourism

Samarai-Murua tackles food security challenges

Minister for Tourism, Art and Culture and Member for Samarai-Murua, Isi Henry Leonard, attended the event, facilitated by the professional food science firm Foodstream, focused on the Retort canning process which can preserve food for up to a decade.

Tammur in SI for MSG meet

Minister Emil Tammur, accompanied by the Acting Executive Director of National Cultural Commission John Uani, acting director of the National Museum and Arts Gallery Alois Kuaso and officials from the Ministry arrived on Monday.

Tammur will be chairing the meeting today (June 28) at the Heritage Hotel where enhancement of Melanesian arts, culture, education and music and other related issues will be discussed.

Other ministers from the Melanesian Island states, including Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands will be in attendance as well.

Business houses urged to back festivals

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Emil Tammur, made the call when presenting K50,000 to the Sepik River Crocodile Festival.

Tammur said cultural festivals are getting hard to deliver every year because of the increasing cost of hosting such events, and the private sector would do well to support the Government to promote and maintain our unique cultural heritage, especially in these tough economic times. 

He said many of the cultural festivals around the country are struggling to source funding and any support from the private sector would be greatly appreciated.

Tobias launches tourism policing concept

Currently, the tourism industry in PNG contributes less than 2% to PNG’s GDP and is way below the regional average of 20%.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tobias Kulang said this during the launch of the Tourism Policing Concept that the underperformance of this important industry is due to many factors and one of the leading factors is law and order.

“PNG is ranked as one of the dangerous places on earth and there is a lingering stigma in the minds if the international community.”

Kenu and Kundu festival underway in Milne Bay

Minister for Tourism, Tobias Kulang officially opened the weekend’s festivities by presenting a cheque of K50, 000 for the festival celebrations.

More than a thousand people attended the first day of the Kenu and Kundu Festival.

A flight with 42 people on board also flew in straight from Brisbane to witness the festival.

Apart from the Minister for Tourism, other MP’s like Steven Davis, Gordon Wesley and Governor Titus Philemon also made guest appearances at the festival.

Kulang warns public servants not to violate the system

This follows the reappointment of a senior public servant with performance issues at the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG).

The acting appointment was made this week without the Minister being present at the Ministerial Executive Appointment Commitment (MEAC).

Kulang said in a media conference today that he has not been properly and effectively consulted as required by Section 6 of the principal law; Regulatory State Authorities Act 2004.

He said the Board of Trustees deliberately avoided invoking Section 4 of the RSA Act 2004.