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Old 15-11-2002, 01:16 AM
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The tourism thingy really does need to thought through well by a group of stakeholders with some professional input from a person or organizations who have been responsible for our some of our competitors successes. From this a National & Provincial strategy should be developed based on available funds and then implemented.

There is no need to do any more surveys, research or fact finding junkets.... we have dozens of these already. The National strategy should be to fix the conceived PNG image and raise our profile as a tourism destination. The Provincial strategy should be to market the tourism products of each Province.... they would need help with this from TPA or preferably a professional, independent tourism marketing facility.

The Provinces should compete for customers but PX should first level the playing field by providing direct flights that connect internationally to all provinces with tourism potential. This may be a tall order as after 27 years of operation their flight schedule is still a only a reprint of each aircrafts movement sheet!

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Old 03-12-2002, 01:22 PM
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Dear Aussie,

I am afraid that my pics were, apparently, victims of the X-ray machine at the airport in Port Moresby Airport and all exposures were
wiped out.


Paul Stenhouse

Editors Note: If we are trying to build up tourism, perhaps we should ask tourists if they are carrying film and state that what might happen.

Surely this will then give them a chance to remove them from the bag that is about to be X-Rayed.
Ouch!! I guess more importantly put CLEAR SIGNS about things like these near the x-ray machine
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Old 12-12-2002, 06:13 PM
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Closure of TPA's German Office

Dear Malum,

Pam Bates of Trans Niugini Tours raised a very important issue today in her lettter to the editor (Post Courier) re the closure by TPA of its office in Frankfurt which in the past had served its purpose as a one-stop PNG travel info-shop, not only for Germany but Europe and the UK.

I agree totally - the office should be reopened because it's PNG's only effective tour information distribution point. The office, if properly utilised could be TPA's and PNG's main tourism marketing office.

We need to get our marketing focus in order. In marketing, we have something called a marketing mix which should effectively combine the 4 Ps - Product, Price, Place (Distribution) and Promotion.

We have the products, our prices are too high, we do not have many distribution outlets (such as TPA FRA) and we need more promotion, whether it be in the form of publicity, public relations, and direct sales to consumers and the trade (travel agents, tour wholesalers, and consolidators).

I must admit the marketing mix is not right at the moment.

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Old 13-12-2002, 03:33 PM
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Marketing Direction

How can you have a marketing direction when there is no money to develop that direction.

Tourism is worth millions but just recently the TPA office in Germany was closed. I suppose the bean counters said it costs this much to run and we only get this much back but did they count the money that each tourist will have spent in PNG and the fact that it will have to employ people etc?? and each of those people will be able to support "x" number of others???
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Old 16-01-2003, 01:40 AM
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The future of PNG tourism

Tourism is an investment by the Government of the day to empower the individuals, related communities and the local tourism industry to have a self sustaining future.
Investment by our Governments (National & Provincial) requires requires a long term financial committment with input from the private tourism industry and direction from national and international experts to establish an international marketing position based on the PNG potential and the market place desires.

A significant percentage of the income derived from tourism is returned directly to the operators and grass roots with tourism being labour intensive. Accordingly our Govt's do not have immediate access to this income so why should they invest into our future when they do not have immediate access any of this gain especially when there is immediate money available in the non renewable resouces. Unfortunately many of these commodities are depressed internationally, some are reaching their 'use by date' and the international investers are struggling to justify investing in PNG. So there are not many new major projects coming on stream now or in the furture that will finance the current PNG debt.

There is no better time than now to establish a vision and strategy that would lock the PNG tourism future into a ten year plan that has attainable goals and returns.
When the day comes that our Govt's work together and realise that a serious combined tourism investment with infrastructure support, will be one of the better options to recover our economy. Then instead of selling off the nations assetts and non renewable resources to pay of the interest on international loans which is a one way road. We can use these assetts as security and develop tourism to attract overseas funds, employing huge numbers of the community and recover our economy from it's depression to become bouyant again as other tourism smart countries around us have been doing for the past ten years. They saw the light ten years ago as their economies were also declining then.... how much longer do we have to wait for our leaders to see the this same light. We are not breaking new ice here or inventing the wheel. It will be a smart and winning Govt of the day that learns from others countries intiatives.
We need leaders with intiative that lead not follow. So few of them have any business or tourism experience that they see tourism as foreign territory so they do not go there and our future suffers still.
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Old 16-01-2003, 10:22 PM
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TPA Press Release


The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority Board has just approved its Budget for 2003.

This year’s appropriation is K4.894 million, which is an increase of K1.2 million from K3.712 million in 2002.

The TPA is set to take a new direction under the new Board and Minister.

The theme of the 2003 Budget is “Tourism Is The Lifeline for Papua New Guinea After The Minerals Era”.

We strongly believe that the future of this country lies in tourism after the fast – declining minerals sector.

Global tourism trends indicate tourism as the fastest – growing industry and by far the top global leader in the service industries.

The Board has directed the TPA management to explore new markets in Scandinavian countries, Russia, and Italy.

Europe remains a huge market that requires a concerted effort by the TPA, Air Niugini, and other Government Departments and related agencies.

The TPA and Air Niugini are determined to jointly market and promote PNG as a desirable tourist location, in a ‘look north’ policy and agenda.
The new Board, the Minister, and the TPA will take this new direction as from the beginning of this year.

We will strive to:
  • Increase PNG tourist visitor arrivals by 10 per cent on average compared to previous years. PNG’s minimum increase in growth is projected at 3 per cent;
  • Promote PNG as a land with a different experience;
  • Research and develop products that will enhance and add value for money for incoming tourists;
  • Embark on a collaborative tourism development and promotional approaches both within and outside PNG;
  • Embark on increased marketing and promotional activities;
  • Give greater emphasis on development of tourism products than in previous years; and
  • Ensure all outstanding audits are completed and set a new pace for the Finance and Administration accountability of TPA.


Justin. W. Tkatchenko BEM
Acting Chairman

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority
Pacific MMI House
P.O. Box 1291
Port Moresby NCD
Papua New Guinea
Telephone: (+675) 3200211
Facsimile: (+675) 3200223

Email: info@pngtourism.org.pg

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Old 27-01-2003, 08:41 PM
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Scientific Research Tourism-- an under appreciated business opportunity in PNG

Readers of PNG Business and people interested in improving PNG's economy will be familiar with the potential tourism has to become a major sector in the national economy. What many do not realize, however, is the different and substantial ways that research can benefit the PNG economy.

From the onset, we must stress that bioprospecting is NOT research. Bioprospecting is a business venture no different than mineral prospecting-- it is a search for an extractable resource which can be sold on the market. Many people confuse bioprospecting with research.

The two are as different as tourism is from mineral prospecting. True research is not a quest for a marketable resource; true researchers collect data that is used to promote knowledge in free and open exchange.

Because the two are often confused the necessary regulations for bioprospecting are often applied to true researchers, and thereby reduce the ability of PNG to benefit from science. As professional biologists, we are extremely skeptical that any significant income for PNG will ever be generated from bioprospecting, but that is the subject for a separate article.

We wish to emphasize how scientific researchers, particularly in the biological sciences, can constitute a significant source of income for many Papua New Guineans. We will use as a case study, the research at just one site in PNG, the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area (CMWMA), which is administered by its resident landowners in collaboration with a PNG-based conservation NGO called the Research and Conservation Foundation of PNG (RCF).

The CMWMA is found about 60 km southwest of Goroka and sprawls over 2700 km2 in Eastern Highlands, Simbu and Gulf Provinces. We have kept accurate records of research use in the CMWMA since 1990 when a research station was first constructed there to help attract overseas researchers.

To date there have been about 180 research visitors to the CMWMA. This might not sound like much if you think of researchers as tourists, but researchers stay in PNG much longer than the average tourist. In the time we have monitored CMWMA, there were more than 17,000 occupancy-nights, or about 1545 nights per year.

Many small hotels or inns in PNG would be happy with such an occupancy rate. These are the data from just one site. If you multiply this by the numerous sites in PNG that are research destinations, you will see that researchers constitute a significant component of the tourism market, thereby contributing significantly to the local economy.

Researchers not only stay in PNG longer, but their "tourist dollars" are often directed differently than those of the average tourist in a package deal. Those 17,000 days in CMWMA brought income to the rural landowners in the form of sleep fees, employment, and purchase of local fresh produce and artifacts.

Although our data on these amounts are less accurate, our conservative assessment is that more than K 400,000 has gone directly into the communities of the CMWMA in the past decade due to researchers.

This does not include income from RCF staff or programs administered by RCF-- this is strictly income from foreign research tourism. Most income from typical tourists goes to major hotels, dive ships and other large corporations; most tourism income is spent in the larger urban centres.

Because most researchers spend substantial amounts of time in rural PNG, their spending boosts the purchasing potential of these cash-deficient rural communities.

Because the CMWMA is fairly remote, the research visitors have also contributed significantly to the economy outside of the CMWMA. All fly to Goroka then to the CMWMA, they stay in hotels in Goroka, and many have also traveled around PNG when not in the CMWMA.

We can only guess at the economic impact of this component, but it surely exceeds K 400,000. Thus at this one site, researchers have brought over K 800,000 (in 1995-valued Kina) in foreign revenue to PNG in the past decade.

Unlike the forestry, fishery or mining industries; research tourism causes no loss in natural resources. None of PNG's assets are taken from our shores and sold to generate this foreign revenue. Usually the only things that research tourists leave PNG with are notebooks filled with observations and numbers in them. Occasionally a very few specimens are taken as vouchers.

These collections have no impact on PNG's flora and fauna; they are not sold, they document and verify the scientist's observations and are deposited in herbaria and museums for educational purposes. In most countries sale of scientific specimens is, in fact, illegal and there is no market for them.

Moreover, unlike regular tourists, most researchers make contributions to help meet PNG's development needs above their significant economic input.

Researchers often contribute to education of science students in PNG; at CMWMA there have been 3346 person-days of training of PNG students.

Many of the research results from visiting scientists can have applications for improved natural resource management.

Thus, when you add the other benefits of research tourism with the foreign revenues they provide, you certainly have a win-win industry the mutually benefits all parties involved.

Most researchers are employed by universities and museums where a major portion of their jobs is to lecture and publish about their research. They give slide lectures that highlight PNG and publish magazine and technical journal articles that emphasize the natural beauty of our country.

Thus researchers that leave PNG provide free advertisement that would be unaffordable if you attempted to match it through traditional media.

Thus there is a difficult-to-quantify, but undeniable bonus in free tourism advertising provided by research visitors. Costa Rica was a major research destination in the 1960-80's. This is widely recognized as having raised the profile of this small country in the tourism trade.

Eco-tourism is now the third largest foreign revenue source for the country and has driven major development improvements. The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority cannot buy the sort of advertising that a healthy research tourism sector would provide.

A smart long-term strategy for promoting eco-tourist interest in our pristine environment would be to encourage the scientists who will laud PNG's beauty in their articles and lectures.

It makes sense to promote research tourism. PNG is biologically unique and biologists around the world fantasize about someday coming here. No place else on earth is vaguely similar to the island of New Guinea.

Why are there not more biologists coming here, and how can we promote economic growth from this sector? Unlike typical tourists, researchers do not need costly infrastructure, like five star hotels.

Most are seeking rural conditions and are not inhibited by poor infrastructure or the law and order reputation. Thus research tourism is a sector that can be promoted without first having to tackle major intractable problems.

Given that many biologists wish to come to PNG (our offices receive more than thirty inquiries per year from scientists considering visits to CMWMA), we should consider how to efficiently promote this sector of the tourist economy.

A number of innovative steps could be instituted to help. For example, the process for obtaining a research visa is currently slow and inefficient, thereby becoming a frustrating obstacle to many prospective researchers.

We have corresponded with many potential visitors who have simply given up because it takes so many months to obtain permission to be a visitor who wishes to study while they visit PNG.

Each such visitor that gives up in frustration represents significant income lost to PNG. A more streamlined process would increase the number of research tourists and with them foreign revenue.

Other innovative steps could be implemented-- perhaps a discount on excess baggage charges for scientific research equipment for bona fide researchers.

Our objective here is not to make specific suggestions, but to make the business community aware of a significant, but unrecognized sector of the tourism economy.

At the Crater site alone, research tourism is a major revenue earner and there is no reason this success cannot be repeated more in PNG if research visitors were actively encouraged.

We are convinced PNG could reap major economic and scientific benefits with a little effort to actively promote research tourism.

Andrew L. Mack
Wildlife Conservation Society
Box 277 Goroka

Robert Bino
Research and Conservation Foundation
Box 1261 Goroka

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Science Tourism

PNG is losing a significant opportunity for tourism income because of the cumbersome procedure for scientists to obtain permission to enter PNG, even for a relatively short period of time. Many give up and many more are discouraged by the minimum six months required to obtain an entry permit; they simply opt to go to other countries even though PNG has some of the last remaining pristine rainforests on earth. This asset could be capitalized upon, with no need to improve infrastructure, improve the crime problem, etc. because many biologists want to go to the rainforest, not the towns.

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