UN official promotes tourism

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UNITED Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary-General Dr Talib Rifai is in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region for the first time to promote and support the development of the tourism industry.
The organisation, in conjunction with the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), will host a one-day tourism forum today at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby followed by a two-day 11th UNWTO Asia-Pacific executive training programme on policy and strategy.
The programme is funded by the Korean government and will be attended by delegates of more than 18 UNTWO member countries.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Tobias Kulang thanked the UNWTO secretary-general and the Korean government for its confidence in PNG, through TPA, to host a world-class executive tourism training programme in Port Moresby.
“Hosting of such events and training raises our profile as a tourism destination and aligns us to host other bigger events as a country,” Kulang said.
He said TPA would organise events that would give the delegates a glimpse of PNG’s tourism potential.

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