Press Release

Kavieng amazed delegates during APEC Regional Trip

02/06/2018

The 10th APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting concluded on a high note with a regional trip for delegates and to visit Kavieng, New Ireland Province.

The 10th APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting concluded on a high note with a regional trip for delegates and to visit Kavieng, New Ireland Province.

Minister for Culture and Tourism, Honorable Emil Tammur was amongst the Ministers, delegates and Officials who were on that regional trip.

Minister Tammur was amazed with the warm welcome by the people of New Ireland Province and was happy with the whole visit.

“New Ireland has set the bar in terms of preparation of APEC and our delegates have really enjoyed their time”.

“Papua New Guinea has so much to offer and with this APEC trip has attracted delegates to which they have a story to tell when they return to their respective economies,” said Minister Tammur.

He said there is a bright future in Tourism in PNG and there are a lot to be done in terms of accommodation and infrastructure to be ready with influx of tourists coming to Papua New Guineas shores.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Promotion Authority Jerry Agus was overwhelmed with the visit to the New Ireland Province.

“We always say that Port Moresby is not PNG. Unfortunately, we can’t take our APEC delegates to other provinces but to New Ireland Province”.

“New Ireland is different to other provinces in the country as it has its own tourism products such as the land-base, water-base tracking, diving, surfing, cultural tours and many more,” he said.

Mr Agus said the number of tourists travelling to New Ireland Province has dropped and so there is more work to be done in the province.

“Everything rises and falls on Leadership both in the National in the Provincial level and thus people and the community must have the passion to work together to promote Tourism Product and services,” he said.

Mr Agus added that New Ireland Province has the great potential in tourism and he is sure that few years down the line, it will be a thriving tourists’ destination in PNG.