JAPAN REDUCES TRAVEL RISK RATING FOR VISITORS TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 10, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---Papua New Guinea's tourism industry has received its best news in several years. The Japanese Government officially downgraded its travel risk rating for the country.

Minister for Culture and Tourism, Samson Napo, thanked the Japanese government for advising Japanese citizens that the risk of travel to PNG had been reduced.

He said the timing of the move was commendable since Japan and PNG were presently holding talks on the establishment of direct flights between Japan's Narita Airport in Tokyo and Port Moresby.

Air Niugini currently operates charters to Osaka (Kansai Airport).

Mr. Napo said the number of visitors from Japan will increase substantially if Air Niugini also is given permission to fly into Narita.

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