Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tobias Kulang, has challenged Western Highlanders to bring the Mt. Hagen Show back to its traditional venue, Kagamuga Showground.
Minister Kulang, while officiating at the 57th Mt. Hagen Cultural Show over the weekend said this must be achieved next year.
“Mt. Hagen and Western Highlands is a strategic location and must take the lead in such events. Where is the political will? Why is the show held here, where it can be held at its traditional venue?” questioned Minister Kulang.
This year’s Mt. Hagen Cultural Show was staged at the Rabiamul Field.
More than 400 tourists came to Mt. Hagen to enjoy the Western Highlands traditional culture on display.
One tourist representing a group from Israel said he previously worked with the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority and still comes to PNG every year for Mt. Hagen Cultural Show.
Speaking fluently in Tok Pisin, Baz Chesbelis urged PNG to focus on Tourism.
“Culture em bai no inap pinis ,em bai stap igo inap lo bihain taim. Olsem na yupla mas lukautim culture blo yupela,” said Chesbelis.