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International travel- tourism promoter Dave Thomson came into the country silently in one of his many journeys around the world to search the untapped multi-million kina potential of the PNG tourism industry.
Thomson from California, USA and photographer wife Syy Thomson from Thailand slipped quietly into the country on the New Year’s Eve and are currently visiting the famous Kokoda Trek.
They are trying to promote PNG as the newest travel and tourism destination in the Pacific region.
Thomson said: “We are required to move beyond the traditional mode of advertising and marketing our country by maximizing the use of e-advertising and e-marketing concepts, strategies and tools.”
He said, PNG ought to catch up with the latest trend in technology and communication and Papua New Guineans ought to own the marketing strategies and the necessary tools to get to the rest of world.
In his popular website www.davestravelcorner.com he posted; “Hi, I’m Dave, founder of Dave’s Travel Corner. We are community focusing on experiential travel; our readers are actively interested in a wide range of travel topics across a variety of budgets.
Post-Courier visited his website that is filled with fascination and the wonders of the world to bring life to the beauty of the world.
Dave’s website is all about capturing, documenting, sharing (with the help of social media and internet services) and reaching out to the greater segment of the people than selected group tour operators as target.
The couple will be in the country for one week, during which time, they will visit villages and experience the sensation of communities in PNG’s authentic rural settings.
They just left Popondetta yesterday and are now in Port Moresby.
The couple were treated to a real, life PNG cultural and culinary variety show that is usually reserved for occasional VIP type first time visitors when they arrived in the country last week.
Dave and Syy are accommodated at an unknown home stay styled accommodation known as the Bulls Eye Lodge at Gordon.
Of the few Papua New Guineans who turned up to meet Dave and Syy was a team from the Cold Media Productions.
Collin Kopyoto, founder of the Cold Media Productions had a full session with Dave taking video footages and still photographs.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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