Executives from Air Niugini and the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) met on Monday (27th March) to establish a cooperative relationship for the growth of the tourism sector in Papua New Guinea.
Gary Seddon, acting CEO of Air Niugini, and Eric Mossman Uvovo, CEO of the PNGTPA, met to share concepts, discuss challenges, and encourage a more collaborative approach to tourism development.
A strategic plan laying the groundwork for the expansion of Papua New Guinea (PNG) tourism, the authority’s Corporate Plan for 2023–2026 is not your usual document.
It is founded on the understanding that tourism is a key resource in the renewable sector of the economy and that a strong sector strategy is required to properly maximise its contribution to the economy and society of Papua New Guinea.
Air Niugini’s Tourism Development Approach
Air Niugini has received a travel subsidy of 500,000 kinas from the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) to encourage domestic tourism in the country through the airline’s extensive tour package offerings.
Half of the total K500,000 will be spent on domestic market marketing, and the other half will support and promote the inbound Australian tourism industry.
Mr Uvovo said that TPA would be willing to sign a memorandum of understanding with Air Niugini to commit to a series of tourism initiatives that build on the country’s existing products. Air Niugini would support increased access by offering a competitive range of airfares.
Mr Uvovo said
“TPA is excited about the prospect of collaboration if it benefits tourism SMEs and PNG tourism businesses. Tourism grows local economies with substantial jobs growth.”
Air Niugini’s Challenges
Mr Seddon recognised the efforts across the industry to restart tourism after years of uncertainty and restrictions, saying Air Niugini is about to undertake a major investment program in its fleet.
“NEXT-GENERATION aircraft will improve reliability and expand our network, for the benefit of our country. These aircraft will be larger and more efficient.”
To better service its domestic and regional short-haul markets, Air Niugini is planning to invest in new aircraft with the newest cutting-edge technology, more fuel efficiency, and more safety measures.
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