INTEREST IN TOURISM LURES 100 TO EAST NEW BRITAIN COURSE

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EAST NEW BRITAIN, Papua New Guinea (August 4, 1999 – Post-Courier)---Papua New Guineans need to maintain their friendly attitude towards tourists and ordinary visitors, if the country is to become a popular tourist destination in the new millennium, said the President of East New Britain (ENB) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, David Loh.

Mr. Loh told more than 100 participants in a two-week catering, hospitality and tourism training course at Kulau Lodge last Thursday, that tourism had become a big global industry and PNG needed to "cash-in" on it for its benefits.

Over 100 participants from Manus, New Ireland and East and West New Britain provinces attended. It was conducted by the Tourism Council of the South Pacific (TCSP) at the invitation of the ENB Tourism Bureau.

The course was the biggest ever to be conducted in ENB and the region.

Mr. Loh said the fact that provinces in the region had shown an overwhelming interest in sending representatives to the training exercise, was a clear indication of the people's interest in supporting and benefiting from the industry.

"As participants of this very important two-week course, I challenge you to go out and improve your performance as individuals.

"Try and also improve on your productivity as well as being polite and friendly to tourists and others.

"Continue serving with a broad smile and joy and promptly, but professionally, attend to the visitors' or customers' needs,'' he said.

Mr. Loh also told the participants to put into practical use their newly acquired knowledge and skills and to "privatize them'' to themselves as had been the attitude in the past.

He said that knowledge and skills should be passed on to other Papua New Guineans to effectively boost the development of the tourism industry.

Mr. Loh thanked the ENB Tourist Bureau for initiating the course and the TCSP for facilitating it, by sending three resource personnel to conduct it.

EAST NEW BRITAIN NB JOINS WORLD TOURISM GROUPS

EAST NEW BRITAIN, Papua New Guinea (August 4, 1999 – Post-Courier)---East New Britain has become the first province in PNG to join two powerful international tourism organizations, the World Tourism Organization and the Pacific Asia Travel Agent.

ENB Tourist Bureau's Director, Nelson Paulias, said it was important that the province became a member of these two organizations.

He said that tourist destinations such as East New Britain and other parts of PNG needed to prepare for an influx of tourists.

Mr. Paulias said that by joining WTO and PATA, the province stood to benefit from some of the training programs and travel information which the two organizations could provide.

"This is an important initiative and we feel the other provinces should also look at doing the same by becoming industry members of WTO and PATA.

"ENB has taken the lead in joining these world bodies and we would like to encourage the other provinces to do the same if PNG wants to benefit collectively from the number of tourists passing through here in the next century,'' Mr. Paulias said.

He was speaking at the closing of a two-week catering, hospitality and tourism training course conducted at Kulau Lodge by the Tourism Council of the South Pacific (TCSP), at the invitation of the ENB Tourism Bureau. More than 100 people from Manus, New Ireland and East and West New Britain provinces attended the course.

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