The Papua New Guinea  Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) successfully concluded a four-day showcase of Papua New Guinea’s cruise destinations and tourism opportunities at the 2024 Seatrade Cruise Global event in Miami, Florida, in the United States.

Executive manager of PNGTPA’s Policy & Planning Division, Ingrid Kuman, attended the Seatrade Cruise Global event, and expressed the incredible value of promoting Papua New Guinea at such a prestigious event.

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Planning/Project Officer, Mary Kanawi, together with Executive Manager - Policy and Strategic Planning, Ingrid Kuman at the 2024 Seatrade Global Event in Miami, Florida, USA.

“Over the years, Papua New Guinea’s presence at this prestigious travel trade event has helped pave the way for significant developments in the country’s cruise tourism industry, especially through high-level networking with cruise professionals from all over the world,’ said Ms. Kuman.

The PNGTPA’s decade-long commitment to investing in cruise tourism has seen a momentous increase in cruise liner and expeditionary ships visiting the country between 2014 and 2024. 

In 2023, over a hundred tourist ships visited Papua New Guinea. The most recent being the MS Nautica that arrived in Port Moresby in early April 2024PNG’s 2023 Visitor Arrivals Report recorded a total of 31,321 visitors who arrived by cruise vessel into Papua New Guinea in the previous year.

Ms. Kuman said, “Cruise tourism in Papua New Guinea will continue to be nurtured by the PNGTPA, and our partner agencies and stakeholders. 

While here at the Seatrade Cruise Global, my team and I are proudly exhibiting our country’s cruise destinations to the world, and meeting with a diverse range of cruise professionals who are keen on helping us grow our cruise tourism.”

Papua New Guinea’s exhibition booth displayed stunning imagery, videos and information brochures about the cruise destinations in Milne Bay, East New Britain, East Sepik, Morobe, Port Moresby and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The Seatrade Cruise Global was a success and provided a massive opportunity for Papua New Guinea to pique the cruising interest of more than 11,000 attendees, as well as the 2,700 plus Cruise Line Executives at the event.

The PNGTPA is a member of the prestigious Australian Cruise Association, one the largest and most well-connected cruise tourism organisations in Oceania, in which fellow members include Tourism Fiji and New Zealand Travel.  

For further information, please email: info@papuanewguinea.travel 

Sydney, Australia – 8 April 2024: Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia have embarked on a collaborative endeavour to honour war memorials and enhance tourism prospects.

This initiative follows a Memorandum of Agreement signed last year 2023 between the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA), National Capital District Commission (NCDC), and Canada Bay City Council in Sydney.

A significant discussion has been initiated among the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, NCDC, and Canada Bay City Council in Sydney to jointly develop war memorial sites in Port Moresby.

This collaborative effort aims to honour war legacies and promote War Pilgrimage as a prominent tourist attraction, akin to the renowned Kokoda Trail trekking experience.

The initiative is spearheaded by Canada Bay City Council, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, NCDC, and Network Kokoda Australia.

Driven by a vision to preserve the lessons of World War II, Canada Bay City Council has invested substantially in projects such as the Kokoda Trail Memorial Walkway.

This collaboration aims to strengthen bonds between nations, including the United States and Japan, while emphasizing the historical significance of the Kokoda Campaign to both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Through this partnership, historic sites in NCD, including Paga Hill, Wardstrip, and Sabama, will undergo development, eventually extending into Central and Oro Provinces with support from provincial governments and Network Kokoda Australia.

Under the agreement, both nations will jointly develop war memorial sites in Port Moresby, reflecting their shared commitment to preserving the legacies of the Second World War and promoting the War Pilgrimage as a prominent tourist attraction, akin to the renowned Kokoda Trail trekking experience.

This trip seeks to establish a work plan for 2024-2025 to develop war memorial sites and promote war pilgrimages in NCD, Central, and Oro Provinces, with the ultimate goal of creating a tourist product stretching from Paga Hill to Buna.

A stakeholders’ meeting, scheduled during this trip, will bring together participants across Australia to garner support for the initiative. Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon. Isi Henry Leonard, MP, and NCD Governor, Hon. Powes Parkop, MP, LLB, LLM, will address the stakeholders and finalize the work plan for implementation. Plans also include the establishment of Network Kokoda PNG and pushing for the transfer of the Kokoda Track Authority to PNGTPA.

“The collaboration between PNG and Australia to develop war memorials and promote tourism is a testament to the enduring friendship between our nations and the shared commitment to honouring our war heroes. This initiative will not only preserve historical legacies but also create opportunities for economic growth, education, and cultural exchange,” said NCD Governor, Hon. Powes Parkop, MP, LLB, LLM.

The visit to Sydney marks a pivotal step in solidifying the partnership between PNG and Australia. Through joint efforts, both nations aim to create a lasting legacy that honours the sacrifices of past generations while paving the way for a brighter future through tourism, education, and cultural exchange.

This collaborative endeavour underscores the importance of international cooperation in preserving historical narratives and fostering mutual understanding.

MEMBERSHIP SUBSIDY SUPPORT FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) has partnered with the PNG Tourism Industry Association (PNG TIA) to boost membership for 2023.

In joint efforts to build back the tourism industry better after the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, PNGTPA has provided a 50,000 Kina subsidy to the association for 2023 membership fees. Under the subsidy, past and current members pay 30% while PNGTPA pays 70% of the total membership fees.

Other interested members of the Tourism & Hospitality Industry are encouraged to also register. Since the promotion of membership drive, registered members for 2023 have risen to 35 registered members. This is a good indication shown by the industry members about their commitment to build back better post COVID-19. We expect more tourism industry operators to register before end of April with the aim of having about 100 members registered.  All visitors wishing to book a tour, accommodation or host an event, can check our social media page and website for a full listing of registered members.  Members of the public, visitors, tourists are encouraged to book tours services, accommodation and other related services with PNGTIA registered members.

Mr. Eric Uvovo, CEO of PNGTPA acknowledges our Tourism Industry members as key partners, “Tour Operators, Guest Houses, Hotels, Restaurants, Transport Services, Airlines, Attractions, Museums, Festivals and others offer specific services to leisure travellers, tourists, visitors, the public as well as Business Travelers who have the option of extending their trip to experience the destination of their choice.  Through such a recognised and registered membership with PNGTIA, TPA will be able to promote each business as well as invite participation at upcoming, events, trade shows, training, conferences and participate also in the subsidized travel packages.”

Mr Alois Mateos, President of TIA thanked PNGTPA saying, “The PNG TPA is the national tourism office responsible for tourism development, marketing and promoting PNG as a desirable tourist destination. This gesture by TPA is very much appreciated by the industry members and we thank those who have utilised this subsidy to renew their membership. Under the subsidy, Associate Members pay 120 Kina while Corporate Members pay 240 Kina only. We encourage those members who have not yet renewed their membership to utilise this subsidy and join the association before the end of April 2023 to benefit from shared PNGTPA and TIA programs”.

The PNGTIA is a peak body for the tourism industry in PNG. It is a platform for tourism sector operators to come together and form one collective voice. It is the only professional, non-profit peak body that brings together all actors in the tourism value chain.

For more details regarding the subsidy program or related membership queries, contact the PNG Tourism Industry Association on Ph: 320 0211, extn 260 or email: manager@pngtia.org or tourismindustryassociation.png@gmail.com.

PNG TOURISM PROMOTION AUTHORITY HOSTS THE FIRST TOURISM SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2022-2026 IMPLEMENTATION STEERING COMMITTEE (TSDP-ISC) MEETING, 29TH JUNE 2022, PORT MORESBY 

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority hosted its first Implementation Steering Committee Meeting for the recently launched Tourism Sector Development Plan 2022-2026 on the 29th June 2022, at the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby.

The Chief Executive Officer Mr. Eric Mossman Uvovo, chaired the inaugural meeting in the presence of 16 organisation representatives to deliberate on the purpose, functions and reporting mechanisms of the TSDP-ISC.

The Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) is the highest working committee that is designed to coordinate all tourism related agendas pursued under the various sub working committees that exist within the sector for national prioritization and development in Papua New Guinea.

The CEO provided his welcome remarks and invited organisations to become members of the ISC to help contribute to the implementation of the TSDP and to grow the industry in the next five years amidst the global pandemic.

Some of the work that will need to be done under the ISC include;

  • The development of a National Tourism Standards and Regulatory Framework
  • The proper design of a pricing strategy for Tourism
  • The review of the cost of travel in the country
  • The active participation of land owners for tourism sites and attractions
  • Tourism Taxation Incentives
  • Access to finance for Tourism related purposes of development
  • Youth empowerment through tourism initiatives
  • International marketing re-strategizing for PNG Tourism
  • PNGTPA Brand awareness in country and abroad
  • Utilization of airline general sales agents overseas
  • Strong partnership with PNG Kundu offices for destination and investment awareness
  • Strong tourism investment incentives and so forth.

Mr. Uvovo further stated that through collaboration at the TSDP-ISC level, this will enable PNGTPA as the lead sector agency to steer the development of the national tourism industry products and services to a level that is globally and regionally competitive.

The ISC plans to meet quarterly and envisions more organisations to join in the membership to provide sound advice and judgement for all tourism related matters that are escalated at the high level.

All provincial governments have been urged by the CEO to take ownership of the new tourism plan by participating in the ISC in order to ensure that the national plan cascades down to the provincial level through the setup of provincial ISCs as well. The Provincial-ISCs will be utilised to inform the national TSDP ISC as a reporting mechanism for all tourism initiatives and issues encountered in the provinces.

The CEO also stated that stakeholder partnerships with the private sector will also be prioritised to ensure that plan achieves its full potential.

PNGTPA has extended invitation to all other government agencies and private sector stakeholders who would like to be a part of the committee to express their interests to the PNGTPA Division of Policy and Planning for consideration and partnership. 

Image: Official launching of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Sector Development Plan 2022-2026.  Official guest of honor Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP. 

For further information, email: policy@papuanewguinea.travel  

Papua New Guinea Investment Forum Promotes Tourism and Connectivity at World Expo in Dubai

THE Papua New Guinea Investment Forum on Ecotourism and Connectivity successfully concluded on Friday, 14th January 2022, at the Expo2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  This was the third investment forum hosted by the Papua New Guinea Expo Team focused on promoting investment opportunities in PNG’s Eco-tourism and ICT sectors.  The Forum ran parallel with Expo2020’s thematic week of ‘Travel and Connectivity’. 

The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Hon. Timothy Masiu, officially opened the PNG Investment Forum, thanking the UAE Government for the tremendous support given to Papua New Guinea in ensuring its inclusive participation at the World Expo in Dubai. 

Minister Masiu commended the theme of the Expo2020 Dubai, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and lauded the global event for championing ideas and innovations to facilitate sustainable trade and investment opportunities, including cultural exchanges that Papua New Guinea considers important to its economic development.   

In his speech, Minister Masiu highlighted the need for developing Papua New Guinea’s tourism and ICT infrastructure,

“Papua New Guinea needs integrated tourism, visitor connectivity and infrastructure system. Investors and experts are needed to help plan and deliver a connectivity system in a sustainable way for Papua New Guinea.” 

Hon. Masiu emphasised, “Partnerships are also needed for mutual gains, and such plans should be carried out in consideration of the environment, and in line with the country’s sub-theme at the Expo2020, ‘Connecting Minds and Creating Opportunities in Sustainable Development.” The PNG Investment Forum on Ecotourism and Connectivity was also officiated by the UAE Secretary-General and Chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce, H.E. Humaid Ben Salem.

In his speech, H.E. Salem spoke of the PNG Roundtable Discussion on Education, Science and Green Economy, which he attended last month – also hosted by the PNG Expo team.  He spoke of the diverse ecotourism experiences that the UAE shared with PNG, and affirmed technological innovations and infrastructure were key to economic development, and that partnerships were possible through continued communication and cooperation.

The CEO of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Mr. Eric Uvovo, concluded the keynote addresses of the Forum with an overview of the unique tourism potential that Papua New Guinea had to offer, and the immense opportunity for investment.

Mr. Uvovo stated that PNG TPA will be working with the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority and Department of Foreign Affairs to make it easier for UAE citizens to travel to PNG, especially looking into travel visas and developing tour packages for the Arab tourism market. 

There were a variety of presentations delivered at the Forum from Papua New Guinea tourism businesses and organisations – including Immigration Authority, Air Niugini, Trans Niugini Tours, Walindi Plantation Resort, the Enga Show Committee, Vanimo Surf Lodge, as well as the PNG Business Council.  Participants also had the opportunity to discover the technological tools members of the UAE tourism industry were using to promote their products, especially from Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority, and the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi. 

The third PNG Investment Forum had over 30 participants in attendance, many joined in virtually, connecting from Papua New Guinea, Australia, the United States, Europe and within the United Arab Emirates. The PNG Expo Team is now preparing for the 4th PNG Investment Forum, which will coincide with the Expo2020 thematic week addressing the global challenge of Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods. 

For more information visit the PNG World Expo 2020 website for updates. 

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Pictured: (L-R) H.E. Mr. Joshua Kalinoe, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to Belgium; H.E. Humaid Ben Salem, UAE Secretary-General and Chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce; Hon. Timothy Masiu, Minister for Information and Communications Technology; H.E Amna Saber Aldhanhani Vice Chairman of the Board of Fujairah Tourism & Antiquities Authority; Mr. Sajith Kumar, PK, CEO, IBMC International and Resident Advisor to the Embassy of PNG, Brussels, on Trade and Investment.

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Pictured: H.E. Humaid Ben Salem, UAE Secretary-General and Chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce; and Hon. Timothy Masiu, Minister for Information and Communications Technology

TPA and NSO release the first Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) Report for PNG

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) in partnership with the National Statistical Office (NSO) successfully completed and released the first Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) report for Papua New Guinea. 

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is the standard United Nations (UN), approved method of measuring the direct contribution of tourism consumption to a national economy. TPA, with the technical support from NSO and external TSA experts has successfully completed the project on time. 

Tourism will now be measured in the official economic statistics as the first TSA identifies tourism’s direct contribution to the GDP and compare with other economic sectors in the country.  

The successful implementation of the first TSA comes after TPA and NSO officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier in 2021 to share data and develop the first TSA for Papua New Guinea.

This first TSA was developed with the available data and it will provide a good baseline to produce the next TSA, going forward.  

Click to download PNG’s First Tourism Satellite Account Report 

Find out: What is a Tourism Satellite Account 

For further information, please email the Marketing Research and Statistics Unit of the Tourism Promotion Authority: research.statistics@papuanewguinea.travel 

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