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Tourist Promotion Authority October Newsletter

Volume 1 - Issue 4 - October, 2002 :

More Japanese want to come to PNG

A large number of Japanese visited the PNG travel booth (pictured left) at a very successful World Travel Fair in Yokohama, Japan.
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority participated at the WTF with satisfactory results.

An increasing number of Japanese are interested in visiting PNG as awareness on PNG as a tourist destination takes foot in Japan.

This is from the feedback we received at the WTF from September 20 to 22.

This was the first WTF in Japan that the TPA has attended since the introduction of direct flights between PNG and Narita, Japan.

The response was tremendous.

The number of people who visited our booth was very high, and exceptionally receptive.

In Japan, we were supported by a large number of wholesalers who are selling PNG.

It was very, very well received.

It had a huge impact for PNG.
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The Fair was held at the Pacifico Exhibition Centre in Yokahama.
Apart from the PNG TPA, which was represented by Marketing & Promotions Manager Mr Peter Vincent and JICA officer Mr Atsuo Fukuda.

Air Niugini also assisted through its Japan office (two staff pictured left).
The Japanese market is an exciting and leading outbound travel market and every effort must be made to encourage industry members to support our campaign to establish and create opportunities which will see an increase in the number of Japanese visitors.

The WTF is a trade and consumer – related event organized by the Japanese Tourism Bureau and supported by major travel industry members in Japan.

The WTF is a separate event from JATA Travel Show, which is organized by the Japanese Association of Travel Agents.

The JATA Travel Show was held at Sendai, the largest city in Japan’s north – east, from September 14 to 15.

Air Niugini/TPA Japan Office assigned its two staff members to promote PNG at the event, which 15, 067 people attended over the two days.
Next year’s World Travel Fair will again be held in Yokahama, and will be run jointly by the WTF and JATA.

The PNGTPA hopes to encourage more participation from the PNG tourism industry for the 2003 WTF.

We cannot overemphasise the importance of the Japanese market to PNG, and our objective is to work closely now with Air Niugini to get a second scheduled flight to Japan.
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Papua New Guinea International Visitor Arrivals January – August 2002

The number of holiday visitors from major source markets of PNG has increased over the first eight months of 2002, according to figures just released by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority.

These holidaymakers recorded an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

This is despite the fact that the total visitor arrivals were 1.5 per cent less than last year.

Visitor arrival figures for the first eight months of this year was 36, 298, compared to 36, 839 last year.

Compared to the same period last year, most of the major source markets recorded positive changes.

These markets included Canada up by 46.8 per cent, Japan (30.6 per cent), United States of America (14.8 per cent), and Australia (2.3 per cent).

The Japanese increase can be attributed directly to the direct Air Niugini flights between PNG and Japan, which started in April this year, as well as marketing and promotional activities carried out.

Other European markets (11.3 per cent) and other Asian markets (5.9 per cent) also recorded positive changes.

Holiday visitors from the USA market accounted for 25.6 per cent of the 10, 178 international holiday visitors, followed by the Japanese market with 17.6 per cent of the total holiday visitors.

The long – haul markets of Germany and the United Kingdom recorded decreases during the first eight months of the year.

New Zealand, Philippines, and India also recorded decreases.
The majority – 72 per cent – of the visitors from Australia and New Zealand came for business.

On a monthly basis, March and May recorded high positive visitor arrivals.

January, July, and August also recorded positive growth compared to the same months in 2001.
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PNG represented at SPTO meet

Research and Statistics Manager, Mr Jim Yomapisi, represented the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority at the South Pacific Tourism Organisation board meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, on September 16.

This was followed on September 17 by a workshop to discuss SPTO’s corporate plan and strategies.

Mr Yomapisi was also an observer at the SPTO Council of Ministers meeting on September 18 (see press release on Page 2).

Culture and Tourism Minister, Mr Alois Kingsley, was committed to a similar conference in Noumea, New Caledonia, at the same time.
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Kokoda stamps released

Australia Post has released a special set of stamps to commemorate the 6oth anniversary of Kokoda. The stamps were released on Saturday, August 31 during the Kokoda Memorial AFL Match between Sydney Swans and Richmond Tigers. Australian Post released a special stamp sheet to guests at the game showing Ovuru Indiki, a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel.

He is one of the angels left alive. The stamp sheet also shows Australian Digger Stan Bissett, Swans players, and a Koiari dancer from Sogeri. Papua New Guinea was well represented during the game by Government Ministers Alois King (Culture and Tourism), Sir Moi Avei (Petroleum and Energy), and Lady Carol Kidu (Welfare and Social Development), a large contingent of 43 dancers, Central and Oro Provincial Governments, other Papua New Guineans, as well as the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. TPA Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Kambowa, said the issue of the stamps highlighted the importance of Kokoda to Australians and would further cement the close relationship between our two countries. It further directly promotes Kokoda Trail as well as PNG.

Kokoda 60th Anniversary game a success

The Kokoda 60th Anniversary Memorial Game between Sydney Swans and Richmond Tigers AFL sides at the Telstra Stadium on Saturday, August 31, was a resounding success.

Following on from the game, there is a growing campaign for a national day of observation in Australia commemorating the Kokoda campaign of 1942.

Between 25 – 30, 000 people attended the game, which was also telecast live on television.

Australian Defence Chief General Peter Cosgrove is pictured at left meeting Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Ovoru Indiki.

It is an initative taken by the Swans after 10 senior players and the club’s CEO walked the Kokoda Trail during their off – season in 2000 and 2001, and will be an ongoing thing for the next five years.
The PNG TPA was responsible for co – ordinating PNG’s participation in the event as well as organizing funding. Representatives from either side of the Kokoda Trail, from Oro and Central provinces, were identified to be part of celebrations.

A Huli group from Southern Highlands and Asaro Mud Men from Eastern Highlands were specifically requested by Swans’ organisers. The groups left Port Moresby for Sydney on Monday, August 26, and staged performances in and around Sydney in the days leading up to the actual game.

On match day – August 31 – stalls were set up outside the Telstra Stadium at Overflow Park. The PNG TPA and the PNG National Museum & Arts Gallery set up stalls, likewise, the PNG community in Sydney who had one selling PNG food.

Many people came to the stalls to pick up brochures and look at pictures of the 1998 Aitape tsunami set up by the PNG National Museum & Arts Gallery.

There were also military displays, traditional face painting for kids, coffee stations featuring freshly – brewed PNG coffee, and PNG music, dance, and performances.

By 6.30pm, all brochures were gone and by 7pm, all stalls were pulled down.

Pre – match entertainment started with daredevil parachute jumps by the Australia army’s elite Red Berets, a mini military pageant by the Australian Defence Force, a cavalcade featuring 60 Kokoda veterans and 60 peace – keeping veterans from East Timor and Bouganville, and then a unique display of PNG culture and dance featuring the world – renowned Asaro Mud Men.

A PNG Under 16’s versus New South Wales game was played earlier at 4pm.The performances went very well, and the publicity generated in the Australian media was enormous and a great success.
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PNG features in top dive magazine

One of the world’s premier dive magazines has dedicated an entire special issue to Papua New Guinea.

PNG Divers’ Association executive officer Vilia Lawrence (pictured at left holding the special issue), who edited the special PNG edition, said it would be launched this month at the DEMA Dive Show in the US, which is the biggest dive show in the world.

The October/November issue of Sport Diving, an Australian – based dive magazine, has attached the special PNG issue on diving and other tourism attractions of PNG.

A total 15, 000 copies of the PNG issue – which has a shelf life of two years - have been printed and will be distributed to the top dive markets of the world such as the US and Europe.
A German edition is also anticipated, depending on the financial situation.This is certainly good news for the country as PNG diving is rated one of the best in the world!
Furthermore, co – ordinated marketing efforts have seen the number of dive visitors continue to increase, where divers now constitute over 50 per cent of bona – fide tourist visitors to PNG.

And unlike our competitors, we have so much more to offer – fascinating cultures and art forms, three quarters of the world’s languages, and abundant and unique wildlife and flora.

Dive visitors, increasingly, are interested in the rest of the country and this special issue reflects this with a colourful blend of articles and photographs, which reflects the richness of PNG both underwater, and above.

Articles and photographs on Tari in Southern Highlands, the Sepik River, fishing in PNG, provincial shows, the country’s fascinating history, as well as many others also feature.
  • Copies of the special issue will be sold in Australian bookstores for A$6.95 and distributed throughout PNG and the world by the PNG Divers’ Association.

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Administrative developments at the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has completed its 1996, 1997 and 1998 audits.

The 1999 audit has commenced with the aim of completing all outstanding audits up to 2001 by the end of this year.

Impact Encore Accounting software has replaced the MYOB Accounting Software.

The new software is able to produce reports tailored to management.

The current MYOB software does not have sufficient features for management reporting.

Although the software will be paid for next year once we have budgeted for it, life data for this year is being processed using the software free of charge.

The pay is now being done through a new system.

All pay is banked using this electronic transfer system and so far no problems have been encountered and run time has been very efficient.
Information Technology officer, Barry Ludin, officer has been working with Datec re-building the Website which is due to be launched on October 4th, 2002.
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PATA meeting

Regional Manager Erigere Singin represented the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority at the PATA Board of Directors meeting in Manila, Phillipines, from September 20 to 22 as a proxy of Chief Executive Officer Mr John Kambowa.

The PATA Board meeting rotates around the member countries.

Current executives are Mr. Bo Long as Board Chairman, Mr. Peter de Jong as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Richard Gordon as Chairman Elect

The PATA is becoming more proactive and is introducing programs and discussing issues that are beneficial to the members like security, education, project inventory of the country for investment, and others.
PATA went about its normal business discussing matters and issues affecting the travel industry.

At the meeting, various groups discussed specific topics and agendas.
The discussions, and recommendations, were then reported back to the Board Session.

They included education, marketing, research, sustainable tourism, security, Vision 2025 Task Force, and others.

Papua New Guinea sat in on education and sustainable tourism committees as an observer.

The important thing is that to benefit, members have to participate directly.

Both these sessions were of great importance to PNG.

There are training programs that are being developed which are a must for PNG to participate.

One of the major concerns was that with the closure of PATA Pacific office in Sydney, the problem now is that Pacific region may not get the same kind of support as it used to be.

It was also not discussed at the Manila meeting of its future.
At the moment Ian Kennedy is the Caretaker.

There will not be Pacific Travel Exchange in Brisbane.

The PATA Travel Mart will now be hosted by Singapore in March 2003.
Major events are all directed to Asia region.

It is obvious that all the annual events for the next two to three years on the calendar are focused in Asia.

The events include travel mart, conference, board meeting, and various workshops.

Papua New Guinea will only benefit from all these programs if we revive the PNG PATA Chapter, be consistent, and participate in or become members of some of the committees.

The President of Philippines Mrs Gloria Arroyo – a strong advocate of tourism development - hosted a dinner for the PATA Board at the Malacanang Palace Ceremonial Hall on September 20th.
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New Executive Officer for PNGTIA

The PNG Tourism Industry Association has a new Executive Officer.
He is Mr Justin Ilakini (pictured left), aged 26, of Eastern Highlands and Central province parentage.

He holds a Business Economics Degree and a Diploma in Business Management from the PNG University of Technology, and was previously employed as a Marketing Officer with the Investment Promotion Authority.

“I’m very much looking forward to my job,” he said.
The position has been vacant for the last seven months since the departure of Tania Pora – Schmidt.

This is the first time for the PNGTIA to employ an experienced, well – educated person to look after the affairs of the PNGTIA.
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority provides funding for the job.
Chief Executive Officer Mr John Kambowa welcomed Mr Ilakini and added the PNG TPA is looking to a close working relationship with the PNGTIA.

Mr Ilakini can be contacted through telephone 3200211, facsimile 3200223.

Government introduces cost – saving measures

The Government has introduced several cost – saving measures and implementation strategies for this year and next year.

Public Service Minister Dr Puka Temu at a meeting with Heads of Departments, Administrators, and Heads of Public Authorities at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby introduced them on September 20.

The cost – saving measures include: removal of ‘ghost names’ from the payroll; attendance and timekeeping; termination of probationary officers and casuals; deferral of annual leave and furlough leaves; freeze on all salary increases and allowances; freeze all non – essential overtime; restricted use and control of Government vehicles; restrictions on reorganisation; freeze on recruitment; control of new appointments and entry to Government payroll; and controlled use of utilities.
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What’s on?

World Food Day: World Food Day is an important occasion celebrated annually on October 16. The theme of this year’s celebrations is WATER: Source of Food Security. Department of Agriculture and Livestock, in conjunction with all stakeholders, will be holding various activities such as farmer field days, farm machinery demonstrations, cooking and nutritional displays, sporting and cultural events, and an official speech day. For more information, contact the DAL public relations and media officer, Mr Soldier Buruka, on telephone 3214623 or fax 3211387.

Morobe Show: This year’s Morobe Show, to be held on October 19 and 20 at the Lae Showground, will continue to uphold its reputation as being the biggest and best – organized show in PNG. The Morobe Province Agricultural Society conducts the annual major tourist attraction, which showcases the agricultural, industrial, commercial and cultural aspects of Morobe Province. It plays a major role in the dissemination of information on cultivation, crops, and diseases, breeding as well as being the largest entertainment event in the province. This year’s show continues a great tradition, which goes back to Saturday, October 24, 1959 – which was when the first agriculture show was held! This year’s main ring event program features cowboy horse riders , skydiving display, The Amazing Aussie Flying Men, Flame Flour variety races for women and children, Trukai races, Guard Dog display, a traditional whip act,a grand parade, a marching competition for schools and community groups, official opening ceremony, traditional singsing groups, Chinese lion dance, and many others.

General information - The Showground is located within the Lae City boundary, three to four minutes from the central business district. General public entry tickets are K3 for adults and K1 for children. This allows for entry to all areas of the showground with the exception of the members’ area. Members’pass is K25 for adults and K5 for children. The members’ area is fenced from the general public and has shaded seating in small grandstands. There are new ablution blocks available and a food and beverage stand is located within the members’ areas. Member passes also allow for parking in the members’ car park and for multiple entry to the showgrounds. The one pass to be used on both Saturday and Sunday.


Cultural Displays - The traditional singsing is held on Sunday, October 20. Groups assemble in the arena at 11am for the official opening. Once the opening has taken place, the dancers begin to perform and will continue until 2pm. There will be approximately 60 groups with around 1500 dancers from all areas of PNG. The groups perform in the main arena. There are ample opportunities for photographs as the groups move around the arena. The groups provide a spectacular sight and extra rolls of film will definitely be required. Film is not available at the showgrounds, so make sure you bring plenty. Other opportunities for photographs are during the preparations for the singsing, when the groups assemble outside the showgrounds from 7 o’clock in the morning to prepare. Visitors are welcome to watch this preparation (please ask permission before taking photographs during this time). There is no requirement to pay the subjects for taking photos. Other displays include the district agricultural displays, which give an insight into village life and the traditional archery competition. There are a variety of other displays including school displays, health promotions and awareness programs, the music amphitheatre, commercial displays and more. Ring events include the horsemen from the Markham and Ramu Valleys; they provide a spectacular display of horsemanship and skill and are a huge favourite with the crowds. There are a number of other displays, which will be of interest to visitors, both local and international.

Further information can be obtained from the show secretary on telephone/fax (675) 4722887;

Email info@morobeshow.org.pg

website www.morobeshow.org.pg.
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