Tourism Promotion Authority

Search On For Dance Troupe

The Tourism Promotion Authority in collaboration with the National Cultural Commission of Papua New Guinea have auditioned 13 contemporary cultural music dance groups at the Cosmopolitan in Port Moresby.

This is in search of a group that will best represent PNG to promote contemporary music and dance and market the PNG tourism cultural brand in Dubai.

LOs make history

The agreement with the Ok Tedi Landowners Royalty Investment Trust will see TPA provide technical and other support to the landowner communities to develop and market their tourism products.

Tourism Promotion Authority CEO, Jerry Agus, said whilst we appreciate the good work that the mining and petroleum sector is doing, it is common knowledge that this sector has a timeframe to it.

“Over the next 20 or 30 years’ time, we know that these sectors will come to an end,” he stated.

“And when that happens, which industries are we going to fall back on?

Minister clears air on loan

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Emil Tammur, says none of the funds will be kept or managed in the two provinces.

Minister Tammur stated this to clarify misunderstanding following comments in the mainstream and social media about the US$20 million loan.

“The Tourism Promotion Authority will be the project implementing agency for the PNG Government, working in close consultation with a World Bank project monitoring team,” said Minister Tammur.

Buka tourism plans on track: Manager

Tourism infrastructure: Already in place, town cleanliness, road sealing, buildings, etc.

Product development: Developing products that will invite and attract tourists.

Capacity development: For tourism stakeholders.

Solomon seas tourism zone: Bougainville and Solomon Islands.

Buka town manager, Edward Kenai, said component one is currently in progress while the other three are waiting for funds.

TPA starts K100,000 tourism development partnership with Hela

Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang today handed over  a cheque ofK100,000 to Hela Governor Francis Potape as part of the Government’s contribution towards enhancing tourism development in the Province.

Minister Kulang said his ministry through the Tourism Promotion Authority signed MOUs with several provincial governments last year to enhance tourism development in provinces and Hela Province was one that signed the MOU with TPA.

TPA says FIFA has boosted PNG as tourism destination

Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer Jerry Agus said the reactions from the visiting teams and those in their home countries has been very positive thus far since the start of the competition.

Agus said many of the players, team officials and family and friends had to Google search PNG and initially had reservations about coming but after several weeks in the country, any negative perceptions they may have had has been erased.

He said the most important thing was that the people of Port Moresby and PNG generally have whole heartedly embraced the world cup.

PNG among world’s top destinations: National Geographic

In a statement, the Tourism Promotion Authority proudly said: “The highly anticipated annual list was unveiled in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of the magazine and has gone on sale on newsstands globally since November 29, and is also online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.”

TPA chief Executive officer Jerry Agus said National Geographic is the world’s top traveler’s magazine and for PNG to get its endorsement as one of the world’s best ‘must see’ destinations in 2017 was simply awesome.

TPA told to beef up tourism promotion

He said TPA must profile every province, tourism site and destination to promote the country leading up to the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit.

Kulang explained that we must have this ready for the international community even before the APEC Meeting and leading up to that.

Kulang said

“We were supposed to prepare the nation in terms of marketing when the eyes of the rest of the Pacific Islands and the world were on us but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“TPA did not do one thing in terms of marketing and that needs to improve leading up to APEC,” Kulang said.

Regional hubs to be created to boost tourism

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tobias Kulang said most of the tourism destinations and sites are located in the provinces.

Kulang said these hubs will enable the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) to pay close attention to developing these tourism destinations and sites.

Kulang added that they require the partnership of the provincial governments and district development authorities to partner with them through these regional hubs.

TPA CEO post still to be filled

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Justin Tkatchenko told Loop PNG that, the position had already been advertised and PSC will make recommendation of three potential candidates to the National Executive Council to make an appointment.

He declined to comment when a candidate for the top post to promote the country’s tourism industry will be appointed but said the candidate will be someone who must be qualified and can deliver.

“It’s a very important position and we need a committed and dedicated individual.

“I need someone to work seven days like me.