While Papua New Guinea continues to attract more international sporting events to be hosted in the country, Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says Sports Tourism is the way forward. It would be good for PNG to promote itself, by using sporting events to attract international visitors.
He is calling on the Tourism Promotion Authority to work closely with PNG Sports Foundation in promoting the country. This would be by way of organising traditional or cultural events, in line with the events which includes the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, and other event areas.
While the country is preparing to host the Rugby League World Cup, by sharing pool matches with Australia and New Zealand, Tkatchenko also highlighted some of the other international sports events that are confirmed to be hosted in PNG.
He said this will be an opportunity for TPA PNG to work hand in hand with PNGSF and to plan ahead. While the focus is on PNG Games, SAPNG is also preparing to host their first inaugural surfing titles for the World Surf league, in long boarding, that minister also acknowledged the work of SAPNG President, Andrew Abel, and his team in making the event possible to be staged in PNG.