Papua New Guinea has confirmed it will be exhibiting at World Travel Market for the first time this November. Demand from tour operators prompted by enquiries from travellers encouraged The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority to open a London office earlier this year and consequentially it was deemed important for the London team to exhibit at World Travel Market.
Peter O’Neill, prime minister of Papua New Guinea, has unveiled plans to invest as much as US$5 million each year over the next five years into global tourism campaigns designed to boost the destination’s international visitor arrival numbers. Tourism, he said, was an untapped resource and one that was often forgotten in the rush to pull minerals from the ground.
Lee Travel Consulting has been awarded the contract to establish a regional office in London for the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority. Leith Isaac, director of marketing for the authority commented from Port Moresby the capital of Papua New Guinea: “We have recently had a steady increase in Tourism from both the U.K. and Europe and feel strongly that this market will benefit from the services our own local office can offer.”
Over 100 people are still missing following the sinking of a ferry carrying more than 350 passengers off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Nearly 250 have been pulled from the water, according to a statement from Australian rescue authorities, but many are feared dead.