THE SURFING Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) and the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) have joined forces to market a new adventure tourism package to bring Milne Bay to the world’s attention and boost Papua New Guinea’s tourism profile.
The Integrated Management Product Plan (IMPP), combines trekking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling and bird watching as a package for tourists.
The first IMPP tourism corridor is a 50 kilometre route from Milne Bay’s Gumuisu Village trekking along the range to Dalidali – Gofali and kayaking and stand up paddle boarding along the Dawadawa River, stopping at Badilauna Village and ending at the Treetops Lodge in Wagawaga.
The IMPP will initially be rolled out in Milne Bay before SAPNG rolls it out across all existing surfing destinations and some new destinations around PNG.
PNG TPA product development coordinator Heni Dembis said PNG was no typical tourist destination.
“PNG is an adventure market which appeals to a very specific high end market looking out for niche products and that is the direction TPA would like to take in developing our tourism products,” he said.
PNG TPA purchased five inflatable kayaks, five stand up paddle boards and associated equipment for SAPNG as part of their assistance for the development of the scheme.
SAPNG president Andrew Abel welcomed the donation, saying IMPP was consistent with SAPNG’s proven and tested Surf Management Plan (SMP) which gives emphasis for local resource owner’s and host communities’ participation within a defined tourism corridor.
SMP has been developed and operated by SAPNG over the past 27 years at various locations throughout the country.