TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Katy Hurd representative from Victoria’s Mount Eliza recently experienced a seven-day “famil of a lifetime” to Papua New Guinea. The group flew Air Niugini to Port Moresby from Brisbane and was hosted by Papua New Guinea Tourism.
Whilst the Australian department of Foreign Affairs Smart Traveller advice is currently to “exercise a high degree of caution” for travel to Papua New Guinea, Hurd pleasantly discovered Papua New Guinea is one of those unique destinations where perceived perceptions can be different in reality.
“The ‘danger’ factor is definitely the biggest hurdle for the destination. My perception pre-famil was that Papua New Guinea was a dangerous destination and by default the people would be unfriendly and potentially hostile – well I was very wrong about the people being unfriendly! Of course you need to have your wits about you and take caution in Port Moresby as you would in many third world cities and I’m pleased to say I felt incredibly safe at the Tufi Resort located on the tip of Cape Nelson in Oro Province.”
TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Katy Hurd made some new friends with the Papua New Guinean locals and their gorgeous children.
The famil group enjoyed an adventure-packed itinerary. It was the inspiring cultural experiences that Hurd found a complete surprise and delight.
“My standout memory is without doubt Tufi Resort and the local people. It’s a very small, intimate and remote resort, reachable only by boat or a flight once a day. It’s not every day you get to walk along the runway watching the sun rise with a collection of local children attached to each hand, squealing with delight at life’s simplicities. They are as poor as church mice however so very content. It’s moments like these that really provide a reality check.”
The famil group enjoying the local hospitality at Tufi Resort. From left Robyn Hodder-MacNeill – The Travellers Shop, Gympie; Peter Monaghan – Flight Centre, Bondi Junction; Carmen Milton – Escape Travel, Melbourne; Deborah Nicholson Flight Centre, Brisbane; Alyssa Teague – Acland Travel, St Kilda, and Katy Hurd TravelManagers, Mount Eliza
Hurd recommends for clients to pack their sense of adventure and they will be rewarded with a uniquely diverse and cultural holiday experience.
“We certainly experienced a journey with a difference! With limited infrastructure, it’s fair to say it’s a challenging destination. What you see is what you get, nothing is contrived for the tourist. Every experience is one hundred percent authentic which makes the destination so appealing.”
Being able to share her personal famil experiences is proving valuable for Hurd.
Personal travel manager Katy Hurd enjoys the authenticity and genuineness of the locals.
“I am so inspired and being able to relay my passion and my recent personal experiences of Papua New Guinea to my clients is the best-selling tool I have. It builds trust with my clients and they appreciate getting accurate and up to date information on a destination that is not well known. Clients like knowing you ate the local food, caught local transport and survived to tell the tale!”
Hurd is quick to say that this famil has only whetted her appetite to return with her family and discover much more of this destination she calls paradise.
“I’d love to visit the highlands in the care of a professional tour operator, immerse myself in more cultural experiences, enjoy the basic local hospitality and make more friends. Walking the Kokoda Trail with a qualified guide and experiencing the great surf beaches is also top of my ‘to do’ list. Most of all I want my teenage boys to visit and appreciate how others less fortunate live – their huge hearts and even bigger smiles that greet you so genuinely, all from an uncomplicated simplistic life that doesn’t include an Xbox and labels!.”
The spectacular fjord views from Suicide Lookout at Papua New Guinea’s Cape Nelson
The TravelManagers’ personal travel manager educational programme is backed up by strong state and national support, which includes a national partnership office with local state based business partnership managers.
“TravelManagers national partnership office provide access to virtual office technology, training, marketing, fares and ticketing as well as 24/7 access to all mid and back-office processes. Combined with six state based business partnership managers and valuing key partner supplier relationships, personal travel managers have access to the broadest and most in-depth support nationwide. This type of behind the scenes central and local state-based support is crucial,” says Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager.
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