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Clearing a Pathway for Tourism in PNG

By : Post Courier


Understanding the potential market size of niche markets gives a clear pathway to planning how the tourism industry needs to develop its services, infrastructure, itineraries and marketing campaigns to attract new tourists says Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority.

“PNG offers a host of products and attractions that can meet the needs of these high-spending niche market travelers,” he added.

With international arrivals in PNG growing by an average of 13% since 2002, the International Visitor Survey shows that tourists have contributed $105 million to the economy in the first half of 2017. Given the numbers, targeting a niche market can prove to be timely for PNG’s tourism sector.

This is according to a report set to be launched in November. The data will be used to help PNG develop its tourism industry.

IFC’s tourism project in Papua New Guinea is focused on supporting the development of tourism businesses, improving tourism-related conditions, and helping to attract investment in the tourism sector.


Air Niugini Cup Launch


This Sunday May 28th, 2017 will see SP PNG Hunters take on Townsville Blackhawks in Round 12 of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

And to commemorate the recently launched direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville, Air Niugini has put up the perpetual Air Niugini Cup to be played for between the SP Hunters and Townsville Blackhawks.

“The inaugural Air Niugini Cup will be played for by the two teams in Port Moresby this weekend,” Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo said.
“The Cup will be played for on an annual basis and will encourage our fellow country folk living in and around Townsville, supporters of the Blackhawks as well the business and corporate community. Not only will the focus be for this annual tournament, but the opportunity will be provided to travel on our direct flight on Friday, visit friends and families or do business on Saturday, watch the game on Sunday and return direct on Monday ,” he said.

Foo said this year’s Air Niugini Cup will pay tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Kokoda.

“Next year’s game and ensuing games will pay tribute to notable observances and causes so the Air Niugini Cup played for between these two teams will be special.”

Air Cup

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau was grateful for Air Niugini’s support to the SP Hunters as well as rugby league throughout the country.

“The curtain raiser on Sunday will see Digicel Cup teams Hela Wigmen and Rabaul Agmark Gurias go head to head and we thank Air Niugini for the special discount fares for supporters of these two teams to travel to Port Moresby. This is in addition to the support given for the Port Moresby – Townsville return fares and we are really appreciative and grateful for the support Air Niugini is giving,” Rau said.

He also expressed gratitude to the Chairman and CEO of the QRL for giving their blessing of the Air Niugini Cup.

The SP Hunters vs Townsville Blackhawks game is expected to be kicked off by Air Niugini Board chairman Sir Fredrick Reiher or CEO Simon Foo at 3pm on Sunday at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The gates will be opened at 12pm for the curtain racer to start at 12:45pm. Tickets are going for K20 (behind goal posts), K25 (Northern/Southern Stand), K30(Western / Eastern stand) and K50 for the grand stand. They can be purchased at Brian Bell Plaza, Brian Bell Home Centre, Vision City, Naked Fish, Big Rooster at Koki and Erima, Stop and Shop Waigani and Gerehu. Games day tickets can be purchased at the stadium.

Provincial Towns to host APEC meetings

May 10th, 2017

More than 10 city’s and towns in Papua New Guinea will play host to several APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea leading into 2018.

This is to ensure delegates to the various APEC lead up meeting appreciate the diversity and uniqueness PNG has to offer.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said this today during the sixth Security Partners Working Group meeting in Port Moresby.

“Our country has many regions and is culturally unique. And that is where we believe some of the delegates can enjoy when some of the lead up meetings take place in those areas,” O’Neill said.

He added “right across the country when they now hear that we are going to host APEC in Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea, there is a lot of excitement within our communities.”

City’s that will host APEC lead up meeting include, Port Moresby, Lae, Kokopo, Wewak, Kavieng, Madang, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Popondetta, Arawa and several other places yet to be named.

These towns will host Senior Officials Meetings (SOMs) as well as APEC Ministerial Meetings.

Papua New Guinea’s first satellite facility to be in New Ireland

By: Post Courier 

A RUSSIAN company has agreed to launch Papua New Guinea’s first satellite launch facility in New Ireland Province.
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan said yesterday that the provincial government was having discussions with the Russians who have formed an international consortium for the spaceport.
“The region’s momentous satellite launch facility is alive. We are still in discussions with the Russians. We were supposed to fund their travel to New Ireland but have not done so due to funding issues,” Sir Julius said when speaking on the impact project he announced two years ago.
Sir Julius said he was not in a position to release the name of the company which had the backing of the Russian Government and President Vladimir Putin. Details of the cost were not disclosed but it was estimated that the amount would be several billions of dollars.
“These are very delicate discussions,” Sir Julius said.
“We do not want to pre-empt the work the consortium is doing to bring in international support for the project.

The managing company has already come to agreements with several international satellite launch companies which are actively searching for new sites near the equator from which to launch.”

Sir Julius said New Ireland was in an ideal location for a satellite launch facility because of its location near the equator.

“Rockets lift off faster at the equator than at any other point on earth and use less fuel but more payload,” explained a Russian scientist.
“We are currently working with the Government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to finalise the details of this project. When we have done that and consulted with the consortium we will make an announcement with full details. With the co-operation of the National Government this project will become a reality.”

Sir Julius said that an international satellite launch facility would put New Ireland and Papua New Guinea on the international map. It would include an international airport and associated facilities.
“It will be good for business and tourism and it will present no environmental issues such as those encountered in mining or related projects. It is something we look forward to as a key component of the future of New Ireland for many many years.”

Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport to undergo upgrade

By: One PNG

THE National Airport Corporation (NAC) is now embarking on major improvements at the Port Moresby International Airport (PMIA). Acting managing director Richard Yopo announced that paid parking at Port Moresby’s Jackson International Airport car parks will be introduced in the second quarter of 2017 and an Airport Bus operation is planned to commence at the same time. 

The introduction of Airport Taxi Contracts to taxi companies in the city has already been tendered to ensure cabs operating at the airport are of the highest service standards in the city. Mr Yopo said that these cabs will have access to the terminal kerbsides, thereby enabling passengers to be picked up and dropped off right in front of the terminal buildings. 

The National Airport Corporation is also looking at installing a world class system that will not only provide security, safety and convenience for car park customers, but also generate revenue that is necessary for the sustenance of its airport facilities. NAC operates 22 national airports across the country with three of these subsidising the cost of operating the rest. 

“NAC receives very little operational funding from the Government even though there is a greater expectation from the Government for such institutions like NAC to be self-sustained going into the future.

The improvements to the PMIA Car Parks and Transport services is part of the overall revenue drive supported by the NAC Board to generate revenue that will go towards improvements and operational upkeep of other airports as well,” Mr Yopo said.
 “In addition to CCTV surveillance at the PMIA Car Parks, NAC will also provide covered walkways for car park users and secure gated parking for travellers who wish to leave their vehicles at the airport overnight or for long term. Customers will be able to pay for parking using their credit cards as well as book a parking slot online through the new PMIA website when the system comes into operation in the future,” he said. 

“In 2017, NAC will be implementing changes to the operations of the Port Moresby International Airport.

These changes encompass improvements to parking, transport to and from the airport and taxi access to the terminal kerbsides. The changes are guided by provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 2000,” he said. He said the projects will start immediately with Expressions of Interest for taxi contracts and the supply and installation of the Parking System to be made public in the coming days. The Airport Bus operation is planned to commence in the second quarter of 2017.

Prime Min Peter O’Neill to open Tona Piambil road

By: PNG Loop Author

The Tona Piambil road in the Imbongu District of Southern Highlands Provinve is set to be open on Saturday the 25th of February 2017.


Minister and member for Ialibu Pangia, Peter O’Neill has accepted the invitation of the people of Kunukumbe to officiate at this weekend’s ceremony.

Councillor for Piambil 1 Lepi Koiaye has thanked Southern Highlands Governor William Powi and his provincial government for funding the construction of this road.

“Since Independence, we have had no basic government services in our area and have missed out greatly on the benefits of these services. We thank William Powi Governor of Southern Highland Province for funding the Tona Piambil road. We can now easily sit on a coaster bus and travel to the nearest town within a day to access basic services”, said Councilor Lepi.

He also thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for accepting their invitation to officially open the Tona Piambil road.


“We thank the Prime Minister Peter O’Niell for accepting our invitation to open the Tona Piambil Road. This will be the first time a Prime Minister has come to our remote village and we look forward to receiving him with honour”, said Councillor Lepi.

The people of Kunukumbe well ahead in their preparations to receive the Prime Minister for the first time and other dignitaries and delegation.

Direct Flights between PNG and New Zealead signed

By: Toa Sime   
Papua New Guinea and New Zealand have finally signed an air services agreement paving the way for more air travel between the two countries.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato and his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCulley signed the documents in Port Moresby, yesterday.
This now means there will be direct air travel between the two countries instead of having to make connection flights through Australian ports.

This is also Mr. McCully’s final visit to PNG as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The New Zealand Foreign Minister and his delegation will travel to Bougainville to meet with the Autonomous Bougainville Government and other leaders there, to discuss that country’s ongoing support to developments in Bougainville. 
They depart out of Bougainville for Solomon Islands today.
NBC News – Toa Sime

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