World Bank approves new project for strengthening tourism in Papua New Guinea

Published on : Tuesday, June 13, 2017

World Bank GroupThe World Bank board has approved a new project for strengthening tourism in Papua New Guinea. The PNG Tourism Sector Development Project will work with the government and industry players on implementing an integrated approach to tourism in two provinces.

The activities of the project will include upgrading local infrastructure, strengthening the capacity of the sector’s workforce and improving the planning, marketing and promotion of destinations. The US$20 million (K64 million) credit will also provide support for community-led microenterprises for creating jobs, especially targeted towards women.

The project will be piloted in East New Britain and Milne Bay provinces due to their high tourism potential, rich variety of attractions and the potential spillover effect for the country. The two provinces account for 11 percent of PNG’s population.

Jerry Agus, chief executive officer for the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority said, “PNG’s tourism industry has been steadily growing over the past decade, leading to jobs and development across the country. The government is committed to further developing our tourism sector in a way that benefits our people. East New Britain and Milne Bay are two key starting points to make that happen and show the world what this extraordinary country has to offer.”

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