PAPUA NEW GUINEA ARRIVALS CONTINUE TO INCREASE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 27, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- Arrivals in Papua New Guinea this year are projected to be twice the 100,000 arrival figure recorded by the Department of Foreign Affairs during 1996.

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Titus Philemon says of the total arrivals last year, 34,000 visitors were either tourists or businessmen while the remaining 66,000 were returning residents.

Port Moresby's Jackson International Airport continues to be the major port of entry while Mount Hagen, Vanimo, and Daru are next in entry volume.

Philemon noted that 18,000 of last year's arrivals came via 15 cruise ships.

The figures were released during a recent parliamentary presentation by the Vice Minister on migration, passport, and citizenship matters.

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