A REVIEW of the Tourism Promotion Authority Act (1993) was conducted by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) in March at the Lamana Hotel located in Port Moresby.

The Tourism Promotion Authority Act is the organisation’s governing statute.

PNGTPA said the Tourism Promotion Authority Act review was the final in a series of regional workshops conducted in Kokopo, Mount Hagen and Madang last year.

At the workshop recommendations for amendments to the Tourism Promotion Authority Act (1993) encompassed PNGTPA’s administrative functions, powers of authority and budgetary support initiatives – which proposes the organisation be allowed to enter into commercial activities to raise additional funding.

Members of the tourism industry, government and non-government stakeholders, interested members of the public, including staff and board members of the PNGTPA participated in the final regional workshop review of the Tourism Promotion Authority Act (1993).

PNGTPA has been working closely with the Constitutional Law Reform Commission (CLRC) to carry out the review.

Facilitator of the workshop and acting chief executive Eric Mossman stressed the importance of keeping the act relevant and up to date.

“PNGTPA had developed considerably in the last twenty years as a statutory authority and the present governing act lacked the fundamentals for the organisation to serve the tourism industry and the nation as a whole,” he said.

Present at the review was tourism minister Justin Tkatchenko who told participants tourism had a bright future in PNG.

In order for the industry to move forward, it is important that the laws governing the Tourism Promotion Authority are more representative of the tourism industry, Mr Tkatchenko said.

The public have been invited to participate in the Tourism Promotion Authority Act (1993) review and make formal submissions.