The ABG has not forgotten tourism development in its plan to create much needed economic activities throughout Bougainville.
New Dawn FM reporting
The Minister for Commerce, Trade and Economic Development in which the Tourism directorate has been parked under, Hon Patrick Nisira says a number of tourists coming into Bougainville has declined given the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
With the eased of restrictions at the national level, it is anticipated that Tourists numbers will increase in the region.
The Minister said that our current tourists into Bougainville are Business tourists, having interest to participate in developing Bougainville.
He said that the Bougainville Mona Festival has been planned for July this year.
This event will showcase the culture and tourism potential of our region.
This event will focus on the Tourism, Arts and Culture in Bougainville.
The Minister said Planning, Coordination is being done jointly with the Department of Community Development which has culture and arts under it wing and the Buka Town Urban Community Government and other stakeholders who have been supporting the hosting of this event in the past years.
The Minister also mentioned that the Siwai Tourism Cultural Show is a national Gazetted annual event by the National Cultural Commission and will be held again in August of this year.
NEW DAWN FM understands the member for South Bougainville, HON TIMOTHY MASIU has invested more than 200,000 kina since the festival started three years ago.
Last year the National Tourism Minister announced the declaration of the show as a national funded event under the National Cultural Commission.
Highlights if the show can be seen on the New Dawn youtube page on this link. https://youtu.be/xRQADpTUojQ
The ABG Vice President and Minister for Commerce, Trade and Economic Development, HON PATRICK NISIRA last week also revealed that the ABG is embarking on developing Tourism Products on Bougainville.
He said that product development have been conducted and promotional footage and videos have been produced and marketed on Tourism Facebook page and Bougainville. Travel website.
And there are plans for the ABG media to showcase sites that have been visited already.
He said logistic access to Benua Cave and other parts along the west coast must be created to provide opportunities towards potential areas that needs to be covered.
The NumaNuma track is another upcoming project which the directorate is planning to revive again with the assistance of development partners.
He said that the directorate wants co-operation from constituencies that live along the track between Wakunai and Torokina.
New Dawn FM understands that in August 2011, the head of UN in PNG, DAVID McLachlan Karr walked that Numa Track for three-days to commemorate ten years since the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed with staff and volunteers including 2 staff of New Dawn FM and documented that walk.
The UN also made some funding support of around 600,000 kina to the locals running the track then but that operation stopped after disagreements between landowners on this track.
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