Standing from left to right: TPA’s Accountant, Emilia Jeffrey, TPA’s Data Entry Officer, Wari Ricky, TPA ’s Senior Marketing Officer, Simon Pih,an officer from the Melanesian Safari Ltd, the General Manager for the Melanesian Safari Ltd, Glynn Iruru Seated left to right: Air Niugini’s Business Development Manager–NWS -AU, Marie Ozaltin and Air Niugini’s Executive Manager for Sales & Distribution, Charlie Wanma, during the SPTE event in Fiji.

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) participated in the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) to strengthen tourism ties and promote PNG’s attractions to the Pacific Islands and beyond earlier this month in Nadi, Fiji.

The event took place on Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 May with a total of eight TPA staff who attended various programs during the SPTE, reflecting PNG’s commitment as a member of the Pacific Tourism Organisation (PTO) and aligning with tourism-related objectives.

SPTE is organized by the PTO, formerly known as the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), is a premier trade event that serves as a platform for Pacific Island partners to showcase their tourism attractions to international buyers from key markets.

With a mandate to market, promote, and develop tourism in the Pacific region, SPTE provides a vital opportunity for PNG’s local tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, and travel logistics providers to engage directly with international buyers, building their networking and conducting business.

TPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Eric Mossman Uvovo, commended members from the PNGTPA who attended the event in Fiji.
“Active participation in the South Pacific Tourism Exchange, organized by PTO, serves as a premier platform to showcase our nation’s tourism attractions to international buyers from key markets.

The face-to-face meetings facilitated at SPTE will allow us to effectively promote PNG as an iconic tourist destination, renowned for our pristine landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique experiences. It’s a chance for us to showcase the best of what our country has to offer,” said Uvovo.

Participation in SPTE aligns with TPA’s objective to establish and nurture partnerships within the tourism and hospitality sector. The event serves as a platform for building lasting relationships and exploring opportunities for future collaboration and growth.

Uvovo reiterated the importance of PNG’s participating in global tourism events strengthening PNG’s brand as a premier tourism destination.

“Our presence at SPTE reaffirms our dedication to showcasing PNG’s tourism potential and forging international cooperation in advancing our country’s tourism industry. Through initiatives like SPTE, we continue to position ourselves as a leading destination for travellers seeking authentic experiences in the South Pacific,” said Uvovo.


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