Press Release

Tourism Minister gives statement on best practices for Tourism in APEC region

01/06/2018

Host Chair and Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Emil Tamur has described the 10th APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting held in Port Moresby recently, as a huge success with positive outcomes for sustainable and inclusive growth for tourism in the region.

Host Chair and Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Emil Tamur has described the 10th APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting held in Port Moresby recently, as a huge success with positive outcomes for sustainable and inclusive growth for tourism in the region.

Minister Tamur in his closing remarks said the meeting highlighted important agendas such as economic empowerment of women, inclusive opportunities to create employment and improved access and knowledge to technological advancement to assist micro tourism entrepreneurs to grow their business in the industry.

“We have agreed and formally endorsed, the promotion of economic opportunities for women, youths, disadvantaged peoples and people living with disabilities,” he said. “This will ensure an avenue for poverty reduction through job creation, skills enhancement and entrepreneurial activity is created at the micro-level.”

Minister Tamur said: “We are all aware and endorse that innovation, technology and digital revolution has transformed the way business operates globally in the last decade, notably making life easier in many aspects.

“With such development comes the need to identify associated challenges that will enable the utilisation of the digital spectrum and the opportunities by the emergence of a new platform for trade and see how these can be managed to give maximum benefits to all stakeholders”.

He emphasised that the second agenda item of the 52nd Tourism Working Group (TWG) Meeting on the Study on the Impact of Cruise Tourism held earlier in the week, also had its advantage on fostering Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise (MSME)’s growth and creating sustainable communities.

“Archiving sustainable growth is an ever-changing and multifaceted set of challenges facing the Asia- Pacific Region,” he said. “This requires a deliberate and holistic approach from all sectors involved and the travel and tourism industry which we advocate is not immune from such challenges’”.

Minister Tamur said a general consensus was reached on encouraging new, innovative and vibrant approaches to harness the opportunities that economic expansion would bring and that activities and benefits from these would be managed in a sustainable manner.

“This is because the integration of Travel and Tourism market has the potential to enhance cooperation in tourism products development, marketing and promotion, tourist services, international tourism investment, taxation policy for tourism growth, personal education and training, and job creation through tourism”.

Minister Tamur also commended the TWG for the collective input in creating the APEC Guidelines for Tourism Stakeholders booklet.

The guidelines fall in the category of Tourism Investors, Community Based Tourism, Food and Beverage Sector; Accommodation Sector, Tour Operators, Non- Government Organizations and Shared Economy.

“I am sure the APEC member economies will continue to harness and foster the implementation of the policies and project initiatives endorsed at this 10th Tourism Ministers Meeting, here in PNG,” he said.