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Papua New Guinea expecting tourism boom




March 1, 2007

The tourism sector in Papua New Guinea is set to scale new heights, with the country’s Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) expecting an increase in tourist arrivals.

In 2006, the number of international visitors rose by 12% to 77,486 compared to 69,251 in 2005.

Tourism Promotion Authority has said in its monthly newsletter for January 2007 that 36% of the arrivals was holiday travellers, while those doing business accounted for 67%.

“Australia remained as the primary source market although other markets also recorded positive growths,” according to Tourism Promotion Authority.

The agency said the increase was in line with its corporate vision (2004-2008) to increase continuously visitor numbers by 11-15% each year.

Tourism Promotion Authority, in its activities and events calendar for 2007, has said some of the major activities should attract a lot of people from overseas.

The major activities include the 32nd national game fishing titles to be hosted in Port Moresby. The tournament, which will take place from April 1 to 4, 2007, would attract a host of local and international competitors.

“The weekend will give a taste of the spectacular fishing surrounding Port Moresby,” according to TPA.

Another event, the Papua New Guinea Tourism Exposition, will be held from September 9 to 11, 2007, which “promises to be bigger and better” where various tourism operators and agencies will showcase their products and services. The event is aimed at bringing together the tourism industry in the country.

The National Tourism Conference will be held on September 12, 2007, immediately after the Papua New Guinea Tourism Exposition. The conference will feature invited speakers and international guests who will present papers on issues relating to the tourism sector in Papua New Guinea.

Tourism happens to be the world’s fastest-growing industry and represents an important development opportunity for several countries., South Pacific’s tourism marketing and development organisation, has announced the target revenue for the tourism sector in the Pacific region at US$2 billion annually by 2010.

Tony Everitt, chief executive of, says: “We believe we are the largest industry in the region, and certainly have the greatest sustainable growth potential.”, which carried out an analysis in 2005 on the value of tourism to the region, estimates that the tourism sector’s value was at about US$1 billion in 2000, from nearly one million international visitors.

By 2004, the figures grew to US$1.5 billion from about 1.2 million visitors.



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