The APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG) and Tourism Ministers Meeting (TMM) recently held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Port Moresby have derived different policy outcomes beneficial for tourism sector in the country.
Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) Director of Policy and Planning, Ms Alcinda Trawen said that during Tourism Ministers Meeting, PNG led majority of the policy agendas.
She said the projects PNG initiated are aligned to PNG Tourism Industry and also to Tourism Working Group Strategic Plan.
“In terms of completed projects, PNG reported on the APEC Voluntourism Best Practices Report and Guide Book, which was one of our projects initiated two years ago and we see it as potential new product to be developed.
Voluntourism has a lot of potential to be suited to PNG; it has shown to have lot of impact in other the APEC Economies. Hence PNGTPA will be looking to develop this tourism product.
“The outcomes of the meeting provided a report on the Voluntourism Best Practice Case Studies and also a Guide Book for APEC Voluntourism.
“Voluntourism combines Volunteering and Tourism, which basically gives an individual a chance to visit another country in order to volunteer whilst seeking a tourist experience,” she said.
She added that the Voluntourism Guide Book and Report has already been provided and published on the APEC TWG website for publication purposes and copy can be obtained from PNGTPA.