By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The national government and its relevant agencies within the tourism industry must work together with locals to develop potential attraction sit’s.
This was a call made by owners of the eel attraction site of New Ireland province.
Speaking on their behalf was Laisi Hiob, who said that it was very important to ensure products are marketed and promoted globally.
Laraibina Village in Kavieng is one of New Ireland’s tourism hot spots.
It houses the eels, known as malio in Tok Pisin. Malio is a species belonging to the order of anguilliformes, found mainly in the sea or river.
“Since we realised the great potential it has in generating revenue, we started to work around the area, on the malio attraction site,” Hiob said.
The village receives visitors daily who flock into the area to watch the eels.
According to Hiob, charges are as follows, K5 for locals and K10 for international visitors.
“Visitors bring in tin of fish that is one of the proteins that bring them closer. After they leave, they are required to fill out their feedback so that we can improve our services,” he said.