Tourists flock to Hiri Moale Festival

PNG Loop caught up with some tourists of which some said they had never witness such event like this before.

Tourists, when asked said they were either travelling or just passing through to head back to their home countries.

There were Chinese, Filipino, Australians, North and South Korea, New Zealand and even South Africa.

Those that were residing in Port Moresby said this year was yet another bigger and better festival compared to the 2014 festival.

Juvenile in Kokoda attack to seek bail

The 17-year-old minor appeared at the juvenile court in Port Moresby yesterday (Mar 16).

His lawyers have filed a bail application for the defendant however, that application could not be moved at the juvenile court yesterday due to jurisdiction issues.

The jurisdiction issues relate to the charge of armed robbery that was laid against him. He was also charged for rape - or sexual penetration - and wounding.

Defendants charged with armed robbery can only seek bail at the National Court as it has the jurisdiction to allow bail and not the district courts.

Polye says Kokoda attack bad for image

Condemning the attack on the tourists, Opposition Leader said it painted a bad image of the country abroad at the time when the country is preparing to host the International Women’s Under 19 soccer tournament and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting among others.

“I felt angry with the culprits when I read about the attack online in a daily newspaper in the United Kingdom.

“Such vicious act of one or two has time and time again tarnished the country’s reputation and that our tourism and hospitality sector is at stake,” said an angry Polye.

Three arrested following Kokoda rape

In a media briefing this afternoon Central NCD police command, Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko and Kokoda Track Authority officials discussed the incident that took place earlier this week.

In an update Central police Commander Laimo Asi says that the incident took place on Monday at around 8am when an expatriate couple was attacked around Yora Creek at Templeton 2 in the Kokoda area.

Cuba's tourism boom leaves some worrying they'll be left out

Residents stroll along a recently completed harbour promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal benches.

Missing are the tourists. As foreign visitors flood Havana and a select group of other colonial cities and beach resorts, Cuba's second-largest city is suffering a tourist drought.