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Aussies join global buyers to have a ‘Lukim’ at Papua New Guinea

October 3, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

18 intrepid tourism wholesalers from around the world descended on Papua New Guinea last week for the country’s annual travel industry event, Lukim. The event, which took place on Monday 25 September, 2017 at the Port Moresby Nature Park provided international buyers with the exclusive opportunity to connect directly with 36 tourism operators from around the country.

The business networking event allowed wholesalers from Australia, USA, UK, Europe, Japan and China to explore Papua New Guinea, exchange ideas and receive updates on tourism developments.

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority’s Australian and New Zealand representative Lauren Whicker, said the event provided a rare opportunity for those involved in the tourism sector to come together face-to-face.

“PNG is a beautiful and diverse country, where tourism is just beginning to flourish and it was exciting to have the destination’s forward-thinking, passionate tourism operators all in one place to share their insights with interested global buyers who were all eager to learn about this fascinating country’s tourism product,” Ms Whicker said.

Konrad Borowiecki, No Limit Adventures; Lauren Whicker, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority; Lisa Pagotto, Crooked Compass

Pre-famils gave wholesalers the chance to explore Madang, an attractive coastal town on the east coast of PNG’s main island; Goroka, where the lucky group attended the colourful Goroka Show and discovered beautiful Kavieng, situated in PNG’s New Ireland province.

Buyers were also able to conduct a site inspection at Port Moresby’s newest property, The Sanctuary Hotel and Spa, set to open in October this year. True to its name, this property is a real sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city with tranquil gardens and a relaxing pool area for guests to enjoy. Located in one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods, The Sanctuary is ten minutes’ drive from Jacksons International Airport and five minutes from the International Convention Centre, as well as Port Moresby’s Premier Mall.

Michael Taia, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority’s and John Flynn, Flynn’s Tours

Attending suppliers included: Air Niugini; Buin Inn; Buna Treks & Tours; Country Tours; DJ Garden Lodge; Driftwood Resort; East New Britain Tourism Authority; Gulf Province Tourism Office; Kokopo Beach Bungalow; Kumul Hotel Group; Lamana Hotel; Liamo Reef Resort; Nationwide Rent-a-Car; Paradise New Wewak; Hotel, Pepeta PNG; and PNG AIR.

With Lukim finished for another year, PNGTPA turns its attention to rolling out a new travel agent training platform to help educate front-line sellers on the destination. The PNG Specialist program is due to be released in the coming weeks.

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