Stakeholders wants to market province

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The National, Tuesday November 5th, 2013

 TOURISM stakeholders in East New Britain want the province to be marketed on its own.

This was the feedback given to representatives from the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Investment Promotion Authority in the province last week to assess the potential of investment opportunities in the areas of agriculture and tourism.

Authority representative Ingrid Kuman said tourism in the province had a big potential as it had a lot to offer in terms of historical relics and dive sites.

“Tourism stakeholders we talked to say East New Britain needs to be marketed as a province by itself,” Kuman said. 

“Currently, TPA markets the country as a whole and there is a need to market the province because it has a big potential.

“The direct flights from Cairns to Tokua by Air Niugini are a big opportunity for the province to bring tourists in. We at Tourism Promotion Authority notice many tourists like to come to East New Britain and New Ireland.”

She said a recent visit by Channel Nine Television from Australia to the province for the P&O Cruises highlighted the cruise line industry in Rabaul.

She said the timetable for the P&O cruises would be busy in 2014 and 2015 with most of the cruises already sold out.