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By Yehiura Hriehwazi

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 1) – The Papua New Guinea government has committed K4 million (US$1.3 million) for the opening of a tourism office in Australia.

This move will help the Tourism Promotion Authority increase its number of visitor arrivals to the country, an officer from the tourism bureau said.

The Australian tourist market has been dubbed the biggest tourist market for the PNG. Last year, it represented more than 50 percent of the total arrivals in the year, followed by Asia with 15.3 percent. The American market contributed 9.2 percent and the European 8 percent.

This month, the Kokoda Track trekking statistics showed that 310 trek permits were issued by Papua New Guinea Tourism Industry Association (PNGTIA). This was a dramatic increase from April last year with only 71 issued permits. This was due to the ANZAC and Remembrance Day celebrations.

PNG experienced increases from most of the major visitor source markets. The highest increase was from the European market (12.5 percent), followed by America (11.2 percent up), the Asian market (6.6 percent up) and the Australian market (5.5 percent up).

The bulk of the arrivals (62.5 percent) accounted for business, 28.7 percent registered for holiday and 8 percent came for visiting family and friends.

More than 50 percent of the total arrivals from American came for holiday, while 74.4 percent of the arrivals from Japan were on holiday. 53 percent of the arrivals from Europe were on holiday.

The Asians were reported to be here for business

May 2, 2005

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