Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, Tobias Kulang, presented K200,000 towards the Lukim PNG Nau Tourism Expo.
The event will see local exhibitors showcasing Papua New Guinean artifacts to international tourists from around the world.
Officiating at the cheque presentation ceremony were Tobias Kulang, Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture; Tourism Promotion Authority Marketing, Director Alice Kuaningi; PNG Tourism Association Executive Officer, Christine Peipul and Office of Tourism, Office of Arts and Culture Director General, Marianna Ellingson.
Speaking during the event, Mr Kulang said the K200,000 will be used to host the 26th Lukim PNG Nau Expo in the country.
In essence, he said Tourism industry contributes 10% of GDP as an economic driver. The United Nations declared 2017 year of tourism.
The expo will coincide with the International Tourism Day to will be held on the 25th to the 26th of this month at the Convention Centre, Port Moresby.
In light of this, OTAC will be working with sister organisations, the Tourism Promotion Authority and National Museum Arts and Gallery in its preparations.
“This will strengthen linkages, office isolation and create synergy to achieve results between sister organizations,” Minister Kulang said.
A total of 35 local exhibitors are set to showcase PNG Artifacts to international bidders from around the globe.
Tourism Promotion Authority Marketing Director, Alice Kuaningi, said there are number of events leading up to this event.
These events include the handing over of the International Convention Centre and 48th Anniversary of Chinese PNG bilateral ties.