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APEC TWG economic cruise sector study underway

12/07/2018

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) Director for Policy and Planning Ms Alcinda Trawen said that PNG TPA has initiated an APEC Economic Study for the Cruise Sector focusing on MSME participation.

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) Director for Policy and Planning Ms Alcinda Trawen said that PNG TPA has initiated an APEC Economic Study for the Cruise Sector focusing on MSME participation. This is part of PNG participation in APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG).

"This area is of interest to PNG TPA because of our work in developing this sector and the increase in cruise ship numbers and also importance in generating economic livelihood for communities, thus we initiated this project for APEC Funding.

"We have received support and endorsement for the project last year from TWG so this year we are focusing on selecting a service provider to assist collate and provide economic data, which we are going to collect from five Economies including Papua New Guinea to contribute to the study," said Ms Trawen.

She said the study conducted is looking at the cost benefit analysis from cruise shipping, focused particularly in the local communities.

"We hope to provide this project report initiated by Papua New Guinea to APEC Tourism Working Group next year," said Trawen.

She added that they have also received support for future projects from the APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG) and are also looking at Sports Tourism and its economic impact.

"In this project, we want to focus on the alternative use of sporting infrastructure for tourism purposes and we are proposing and have received positive feedbacks from the APEC TWG which we are hoping to push next year," said Trawen.

These are some policy outcomes associated with TWG meeting during the Tourism Minister Meeting recently in Port Moresby.