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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced at the Business Advantage Summit that Kokopo, in East New Britain will be Papua New Guinea’s tourism hub.
Like Bali in Indonesia, or Nadi in Fiji, PNG’s tourism hub will be Kokopo with a master plan now being put in place.
O’Neill told the Brisbane Summit that tourism was another sector where the PNG Government was encouraging investment in.
“This type of investment leads to more sustainable growth and encourages the protection of our unique and diverse environment,” O’Neill said.
“Over the next few weeks I will be announcing a major intervention in East New Britain tourism. This is one of our best destinations and we need to use this as a tourism hub. Fiji created Nandi as a hub, and Indonesia created Bali as a hub. Millions of people are drawn to these destinations every year,” he said.
“When you talk about Bali, many people around the world do not even know that Bali is in Indonesia.
“And we are now putting together a master plan so we can be able to ensure that we build the tourism sector around Kokopo.
“We are rebuilding and extending the airport runway, creating a new terminal, building a four-lane road into Kokopo, and building power and road infrastructure within the Tokua area.
“Other locations such as Madang and Milne Bay also have huge tourism potential.
We need to link all this potential and our aim is to try and enable one of our airlines to station themselves in Kokopo.
“To fund this entire new economic infrastructure, we are working closely with other countries and the international financial institutions including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
“We also see great promise in the infrastructure initiatives from Australia, China, Japan and the United States.
“We welcome all quality investments and financing to Papua New Guinea,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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