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Travel and Tourism - Papua New Guinea - February 2013

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is situated in the eastern part of the world’s second-largest island, New Guinea, and is home to an incredible array of biodiversity. It is also one of the world’s most diverse countries in linguistic terms, with hundreds of culturally different tribes speaking more than 800 native languages. As a result, tribal identities and traditions remain fundamental to the fabric of Papuan life.

Tourism has been on the rise in PNG, most notably since 2005, due to increased promotion by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA). However, facilities for tourists continue to be fairly limited and in urgent need of upgrade and development, particularly in terms of transport and accommodation. The Papuan government has a number of policies in place to support the development of tourism and the state-owned PNGTPA has implemented several strategies to raise awareness of PNG and its remarkably diverse tourism offerings.

As a result, PNG is expected to become better known as a tourism destination over the next decade, especially among the growing adventure market who are on the lookout for the next remote location in which to ‘try something new’ – diving, surfing, trekking all offer opportunities for niche-market growth. The colourful population and landscape have caught the eye of several travel magazines in recent years, further raising awareness of the destination. Conde Nast Traveller recently featured PNG as an ‘unusual destination’, describing it as a ‘land of mystery’.


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Table of contents

  1. Papua New Guinea: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Tourism and the Economy

                  • International inbound tourism expenditure
                    • Figure 1: Tourism expenditure by purpose of visit, 2011
                    • Figure 2: Total tourist expenditure versus leisure tourists, 2007-11
                • Arrivals

                  • International
                    • Figure 3: International inbound tourist arrivals, by region, 2006-11
                  • Key source-market performance
                    • Figure 4: Leisure tourist arrivals, by source markets, 2010-11
                  • Australia
                    • North America
                      • Japan
                        • Europe – Germany and the UK
                          • Future target – China
                            • Domestic
                            • Market Characteristics

                              • International
                                • Purpose of visit
                                  • Figure 5: Tourist arrivals by purpose of visit and source market, 2011
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Figure 6: Monthly tourist arrivals, 2011
                                • Length of stay
                                  • Figure 7: Leisure tourist average length of stay by source market, 2011
                                • Visitor survey 2011
                                  • Domestic
                                  • Transport

                                      • Air
                                        • Road
                                          • Rail
                                            • Sea
                                            • Accommodation

                                                • Luxury
                                                  • Upmarket
                                                    • Mid-range
                                                      • Budget and backpacker
                                                      • Tourism News

                                                        • Robust tourism strategies to 2030
                                                          • Focus on the top tourist areas
                                                            • A Million Different Journeys to boost domestic tourism
                                                              • PNGTPA takes to the road
                                                                • Royal visit helps to raise profile
                                                                • What Next?

                                                                  • Arrivals forecasts to 2014
                                                                    • Figure 8: International tourist arrivals forecast, by purpose of visit, 2012-14
                                                                  • Niche tourism has significant potential for growth
                                                                    • Trekking
                                                                      • Diving
                                                                        • War heritage tourism
                                                                          • Surfing
                                                                            • Fishing and birdwatching
                                                                              • Managing tourism alongside industry development

                                                                              Travel and Tourism - Papua New Guinea - February 2013

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