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RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (November 23, 1998 - Post-Courier)---Rabaul town or the "Pearl of the Pacific" is finally recovering from the devastating effects of the 1994 volcano eruptions and is slowly being rebuilt.

The Provincial Government, the Gazelle Restoration Authority, district authorities and the private sector are confident of returning the city to its former glory.

Tourism will be a major component of the District Authority's plan to rebuild Rabaul.

Rabaul MP and the Chairman of the joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee, Sir John Kaputin, said tourism in the area is a major economic opportunity.

A seven-member Rabaul Tourism Promotion Committee was announced recently to attract visitors to the city.

Sir John said the committee would develop the city's natural scenic location, promote a range of sporting and leisure activities such as fishing, diving and boating and create accessible cultural activities at nearby villages.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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