PNG Named Among World’s Top Destinations

Papua New Guinea’s Tourism Promotion Authority has announced that Papua New Guinea has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveller’s 21 “Best of the World Destinations” for 2017.

The highly anticipated annual list was unveiled in the December 2016/ January 2017 issue of the magazine and has gone on sale on newsstands globally since November 29 and is also online at NatGeoTravel. com/BestTrips2017.

TPA chief Executive officer Mr Jerry Agus said National Geographic is the world’s top traveller’s magazine and for PNG to get its endorsement as one of the world’s best ‘must see’ destinations in 2017 was simply awesome.

Mr Agus said despite the many challenges in marketing and promoting PNG to the world as a desired tourism destination, the efforts by TPA and our tourism industry partners was slowly but surely paying dividends on the world stage.

“To be also named by National Geographic as one of the best cultural destinations in the world further enhances PNG’s profile as the cultural capital of world,” he said. “We all know our unique and diverse cultures and traditions are a major tourism attraction and such glowing global endorsements from National Geographic should only encourage us as a people and a nation to continue to strengthen and maintain our cultures and traditions.”

PLANNED TOURISM CITY FOR PORT MORESBY

A Tourism City is being constructed in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby that is expected to be completed in the next two decades. The tourism city wi l l be built on Paga Hill, a prominent headland in Port Moresby harbour with commanding views of the city and its coast-line. The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority is supporting the development of the Paga Hill Development project by entering into a publicprivate partnership with the Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC) and other key government stakeholders. The Paga Hill tourism city will be home to a cultural centre, a world war two museum, hotels, resort, night market, green space, marinas, waterfront promenade and a cable car transporting tourists between key sites.

NEW OPERATOR “VIL’LINK TOURS & EXPEDITIONS” EXHIBITS AT ITB FOR THE FIRST TIME Vil’Link is short for “village link”.

The operator’s primary aim is to link guests to the villages, where they can immerse in nature, learn local culture, live with locals and have an authentic PNG experience. Vil’Link, based in Alotao, the capital of Milne Bay Province, offers a range of experiences on the main land as well as on the islands off the coast. The focus sits on eco-tourism in order to empower local communities to better understand and appreciate nature and their cultural heritage. The offering comprises a guided city tour of Alotao, Island Hopping, Bird Watching, the Kenu & Kundu Festival as well as village overnights. Tailor made programs are also available upon request. The development project will be a massive enterprise and the PNG Government will be working with the Paga Hill Development Company to attract private sector investments. The public will be able to see one of the first construction sites completed in January 2018 – the APEC Haus, which will host the PNG APEC 2018 Minister’s Summit. The building will be an iconic landmark by way of its unique design and its foreshore location.

HILTON OPENS ITS FIRST HOTEL IN PNG IN 2017

With the opening of the 1,1 billion Hilton Hotel in Port Moresby the city grows its offering for high end accommodation. The 16 storey five-star hotel with212 rooms is currently under construction at Hohola (Star Mountain Plaza). The stage one development will also include a car park, a convention centre modeled on the traditional long house of Lake Kutubu and a residential tower with 128 apartments. Completion of works is scheduled for end of 2017. With the entry of the Hilton Group in PNG for the first time, Government hopes that confidence in business and tourism in PNG will be reinforced