or a destination as mysterious and intriguing as Papua New Guinea, this week’s Lukim PNG Nau industry tradeshow was a much anticipated event on the travel trade calendar with wholesalers joining from around the world.
Held on Monday 26 September, 2016, the exhibition hosted 23 partners from Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, USA, Japan, China and the Philippines in Papua New Guinea, to meet with 41 different members of the country’s travel industry. The programme kicked off with welcome drinks at the brand new The Stanley Hotel & Suites on Sunday evening.
Lukim PNG Nau was held at the newly opened National Convention Centre (NCC) in Port Moresby and provided a platform for global travel wholesalers to meet with representatives from PNG’s tourism industry including Air Niugini, PNG Air, PNG Dive Association, PNG Trekking Adventures, Port Moresby Nature Park, Sogeri Lodge, Tufi Resort, Walindi Plantation Resort and many others.
The Australian group at the post Lukim PNG Nau cocktail event being welcomed by a local sing sing group: LtoR: Tara Kennaway, Intrepid; Phil Branch, Angling Adventures; Lisa Pagotto, Crooked Compass; Mandy Whiteman, Dive Adventures; Gavin Platz, Tie N Fly; Konrad Borowiecki, No Limit Adventures; Dirk Werner Lutrop, Diversion Dive Travel; Luci Evans, Allways Dive Adventures; Stefan Hansson, Fish About; Annalise Andrews, Oceania Adventures; Lauren Whicker, PNGTPA
Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority’s (PNGTPA) chief executive officer, Jerry Agus said the event was an important step for the country’s tourism industry and their visitors from around the world.
“We are dedicated to making PNG more accessible to travellers and Lukim PNG Nau provides the opportunity for international wholesalers to meet face to face with our important partners, strengthen networks and product offers, plus explore some of the destination as well,” Mr Agus said.
“Through Lukim PNG Nau, we are aiming to breakdown some of the ‘unknown’ perceptions that have been previously associated with PNG, so those who are packaging and selling our beautiful destination can positively convey the options and logistics of a visit, as well as the colourful experiences a visit to PNG offers.”
The Australian group was treated to a post event famil to Rabaul/Kokopo on the island of East New Britain where they ventured to the live volcano of Mount Tavurvur, discovered the World War II history and relics, snorkelled in the clear blue waters surrounding the Duke of York Islands and even spent a night at Maira Homestay in a traditional village on the island of Mioko.
For more information for the travel industry visit www.pngspecialists.com.au