New Caledonia tourism gets China boost

The designation means that selected Chinese tour operators can organise group travel while having a control mechanism to guarantee safe and reliable tourism services for their Chinese customers.

The measure was announced by China's ambassador to France Zhai Jun during a visit to Noumea where he met the caretaker vice president Jean-Louis d'Anglebermes.

Several Pacific Islands countries have been added to the list in the past decade, including Papua New Guinea.



Photo: RNZ Pacific New Caledonia 

Elton John kicks off regional tour with Mackay show

Sir Elton will play tonight in Mackay and next Saturday in Cairns, with performances in Wollongong and Hobart in between.

The four dates are the 70-year-old singer's only public shows on his Australian tour, which is largely sold out but now has limited tickets in some locations.

Fifteen thousand visitors are expected at tonight's Mackay performance, with 5,000 of that number travelling from outside the region, including 200 from overseas.

Big boost for local economy

​Aust set to boost PNG tourism

In a recent introductory meeting with the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Emil Tammur, Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis, reaffirmed the willingness of his government to support and assist tourism projects and programs in preparation for APEC 2018 and beyond.

Both leaders discussed on how best they would work together to develop the industry and ensure maximum benefits from the sector reach the local people at the community level across the country.

Kulang hails naming of aircraft ‘Kokoda’

Minister Kulang said the name Kokoda, not only symbolises a significant part of our war history but that of our neighbours in Australia and the name also remains synonymous with the rest of the world.  

“Kokoda remains a flagship tourism product for PNG and by naming its latest Fokker 70 Kokoda, the Board and Management of Air Niugini have given more meaning and significance to the idles and values that define the history of the battle of Kokoda,” said Mr Kulang.

Tawai Track development on hold

The project is a community initiative of Vincent Kumura, the Digicel PNG Foundation Men of Honour and the Managing Director of the Snow Pass Eco-Lodge (SPEL) in Bundi.

His team will need about K50, 000 to develop a state-of-the-art tracking facility that meets the entire safety standard.

This 15km track offers an alternative for tourists who would like to track to Madang Province from EHP.

The track passes through some of the most breathtaking lookouts and views of the Ramu Valley, Mt. Wilhelm, Madang, Ramu Sugar, Goroka townships and many other notable sites.

Irresistible cities: World's 25 top tourism destinations

But two Asian cities, according to a new report by market researcher Euromonitor International, are welcoming more visitors than any other destination.

New Ireland entrepreneurs celebrate hard work

Owners John and Getrude Merebo on Friday celebrated the fruits of their hard work and sweat, adding yet another new look wing to the existing standard rooms of the lodge.

The lodge’s managing director, John Merebo, speaking during the official launch, said the urge to expand is because tourism and hospitality is a thriving industry.

“Having studied the rising need of accommodation for the public and private sector convinced me that hospitality and tourism was the way forward, and we have not looked back since then.

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PM O’Neill: Papua New Guineans have been the Perfect FIFA Hosts

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has praised the public’s participation at the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup Tournament that ended in Port Moresby on Saturday.

PNG among world’s top destinations: National Geographic

New Ireland Province has no tourism plan – lodge owner

“There is no tourism plan for New Ireland, “Kavieng Niu Lodge owner John Merebo said this during the official launch of the lodge’s 32 deluxe rooms extension in Kavieng on Friday.

The local entrepreneur said while other Pacific neighbour countries are harnessing the tourism industry in a big way, there is no exception as to why PNG and New Ireland for that matter keep a blind eye to it. 

Dreamworld announces charity weekend reopening for start of school holidays

Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure said in a statement this morning that all slides, pools and cabanas at Whitewater World (Dreamworld's water park) will be open, along with several Dreamworld rides and attractions.