Bougainville Tourism News: New Aropa airport to boost Bougainville Tourism to the world


The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister ,Peter O’Neill,  will open the Arupa international airport in Bougainville in December.

Regional events and protocol officer of Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Joe Maineke confirmed this to the Solomon Star last Friday at Madang airport.

See Solomon Star report here October 22

He said the establishment of the airport will boost the tourism industry in Bougainville particularly, access flights to Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

It would create employment opportunities, improve standard of living and boost the national economy.

Maineke said once the airport is open there will be a connection flights for PNG, Solomon Islands and Australia.

“Our government has redirect its economic focus to tourism for locals to engage in,  because of mining industry continues to deplete”

“Potential tourism sites in Bougainville are the war relics and their cultural dances and traditions. Our tourism division is working in partnership with our government to build the tourism hub at Buin.

“Increasing of tourists and international visitors coming to the Island is a clear manifestation for us to improve our infrastructure development in the years to come.

“The airport is a major infrastructure achievement of ABG with its people to propel developments in Bougainville.”

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Maineke confirmed that a Solomon Islands government delegation will also be part of the opening.

Picture below Bougainville Experience Tours blue team Zhon Bosco, Colin Cowell, Simon Pentanu and James Tanis in Port Moresby recently promoting tourism to international tour operators:



Bougainville Tourism News : The World cruise ship comes to Bougainville

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Bougainville continues to attract International cruise ships boosting tourism, economic and cultural opportunities throughout island according to Bougainville Tourism CEO Lawrence Belleh speaking from Buka

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The World ( pictured above) latest visit arrived into Buka on 8th June and morning 9th June at Pokpok Island ( pictured above from Simon Pentanu see below) , Central Bougainville. 130 Pax came down to visit Buka, 20 walked around Buka town and 24 of them went diving.” said Mr Belleh

Tours to the Parliament Haus, Rahats Botanical Garden and see a mini cultural show at Hutjena Secondary School Hall.

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Picture above: International tourists transferring to Buka via Kuri Village Resort

Another one will visit Kieta on the 20th of  this month with 330 guests and will come in from Vanuatu, goes off and returns to Kieta on the 23th of August this year.

The September visit will see another one to Buka and then Buin.

There have increases in the number of visits by cruise ships this year then other years. A good sign for tourism into the region.

Updated Report From Simon Petanu

MS The World is registered in Nassau, The Bahamas as a private residential cruise ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents from 19 different countries. Visited Buka 08062014 & Kieta (Arovo Island) 09062014. Looking so alive in all its symmetry, beauty and reality on water off Arovo.


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