Organisers expecting expats to attend


ORGANISERS of the 65th annual Goroka Show are expecting foreigners to be among those attending the Sept 17-19 event, a show official says.
Show organising committee chairperson Keryn Hargreaves said the coronavirus (Covid-19) had impacted tourism in the country with a reduction of international visitors, however, she was confident expatriates living in the country would also make the effort to be in Goroka next month for the show.
Hargreaves said a good number of expatriates had made bookings to attend, adding: “Most spaces at accommodation facilities in Goroka have been booked out by foreign expatriates in PNG, this is a substitute for the international tourists that will be absent.”
Hargreaves thanked PNG-based expatriates who were making the effort to attend one of the country’s largest cultural shows which would showcase Eastern Highlands’ agriculture and businesses.
“The Pikinini (children’s) show will be on Sept 17 (Friday), followed by actual show on Saturday and Sunday (Sept 18-19).”
Hargreaves said children would have free access to the Pikinini show but would be required to
wear face masks, sanitise their hands and practice social distancing at all times while at the show ground.