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Travel & Tourism

IFC says niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in PNG

THE IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing US$286 million annually by 2027. The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with

MRA and PNGTPA collaborate on Geo-Tourism initiative

Papua New Guinea is set to add a new product onto its existing list of tourists’ attractions and products. The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) and the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) have begun initial discussions on the concept of Geo-Tourism as a new product development initiative. This is an addition to the traditional tourism products such as culture, diving, surfing and bird watching among others. The two agencies will soon

New Stanley Hotel and Suites a winner

The Stanley Hotel and Suites is a new five-star 433 room hotel has become a new “hot spot” for anyone looking for accommodation in Waigani and the Commercial and Government district of Port Moresby. Close to Parliament House, Government Offices and most of the Foreign Embassies or Consulates, yet still only a five-minute drive to the airport, the Stanley is perfectly situated and connected to Port Moresby’s only integrated shopping complex, Vision City Mega Mall, with

World Bank puts up US$20 million for PNG sustainable tourism project

A NEW World Bank project aims to strengthen the potential of tourism in Papua New Guinea, which has seen international arrivals grow by an average of 13% since 2002. The PNG Tourism Sector Development Project, recently approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, will work with the government and industry players on implementing an integrated approach to tourism in two provinces. Project activities will include efforts to upgrade

Australian Minister impressed with Alotau-Milne Bay area

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells believes the Alotau Milne Bay area has a bright tourism future after a recent visit to the Province. The Minister met with Alotau Member and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Charles Abel to discuss tourism and the economic partnership between the two countries and visit development projects in the province. “Alotau is a spectacular location and it is

Air Niugini to speed up check-ins with new online system

AIR Niugini is encouraging its passengers on both domestic and international flights to make use of the airline’s online check-in system in order to avoid long queues and time spent at the check-in counters at the airport. The company’s general manager, Customers and Markets, Dominic Kaumu, said the online check-in is an internet self-service facility which allows passengers to check in for their flights in advance from the comfort of

Airways upgrades its Vue Restaurant and Lounge Bar

THE highly awarded Airways Hotel in Port Moresby has taken customer comfort another step higher with two major new upgrades. The popular Vue Restaurant and Vue Lounge Bar have recently received major upgrades with a counter that is a bartender’s dream, plus new plush seating and a remarkable wave ceiling. The Airways Hotel is PNG’s multi-award winning hotel, with recognition as the World’s leading airport hotel and one of the

Air Niugini celebrates 43 years of operations

PNG’S National airline, Air Niugini recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary with activities staged in Kokopo in East New Britain Province. The airline chose to go to Kokopo as a way of bringing Air Niugini to other parts of Papua New Guinea instead of having all anniversary celebrations centred around Port Moresby. Last year , the anniversary celebrations were held in Mt Hagen and the year before in Lae. The 43rd

Air Niugini increase flights to Manila and Sydney

AIR Niugini is taking on the growing competition from Philippine airlines by electing to increase its number of flights to Manila. Ever since the route from POM to the Philippines opened up, Air Niugini has seen increasing competition from the aggressive Philippine airline companies and it is fighting back by increasing flights to Manila form four to five times a week from December 3, 2016. The Manila increase follows the

Australians can now apply for PNG visa on arrival

PAPUA New Guinea will be hoping for an increase in Australian visitors following the recent change to the rules governing visa applications.capacity to make up for Qantas’ decision pulls out services on this route at the end of October. Australian passport holders can now obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival in PNG folowing a change of heart from the PNG Government on a previous political decision that made