Cruise boom

National

Reports by MALUM NALU
CRUISE ship tourism is booming in Milne Bay and East New Britain, says Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer Jerry Agus.
He said up to two cruise ships were visiting Milne Bay waters every month and two in East New Britain every month.
“Cruise ship tourism is doing very well and we are thankful to partners like PNG Ports, Customs and Immigration,” Agus told The National yesterday.
“Cruise tourism is doing well in terms of numbers. We are getting on average two cruise calls every month in Alotau and one to two every month in Rabaul.”
Agus said the cruise ships were “floating hotels” with tourists spending three to four hours on the ground.
“It’s a limited time that they have on the ground. So what we need to do is come up with some activities, come up with some programmes where these people can participate in,” he said.
“At the same time, they make payments for cultural groups, tours, sightseeing and all that.”

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