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Todd set to stamp mark on London Runway

By ROSALYN ALBANIEL

 

Lae based fashion designer Sarah Haoda, will be Papua New Guinea’s first ever ambassador at an upcoming fashion fest in Europe.

This will be the first time ever that the fashion gurus in this part of the world will get a glimpse of the unique designs Papua New Guinea has to offer in this prestigious and highly competitive business.

Her initial reaction when she received the invitation from the London Pacific Fashion collective was one of nervousness but her faith and confidence in God helped rid of her of this and she is now focused.

“I want to thank my heavenly Father for His Grace is sufficient,” she boldly said.
“I want to extend my appreciation to the organisers for this opportunity of a lifetime,” Ms Todd said.
“I was nervous till a few days ago when I settled on my print theme, combination and colours,” she told the Post-Courier.
When asked on the range she will be show-casing she said and without revealing too much that it would be called ‘Kumul Queen.”
“I prefer to unveil on the runway but I will showcase the magnificent Raggiana Bird of paradise and incorporate the bamboo weave in natural brown, bright red and yellow to represent our national colours.

“I wish to promote our national bird because of its uniqueness, its importance, significance and the pride it brings us as Papua New Guineans.
“Since the theme is climate change I will draw attention to our country as one of the largest pristine tropical rainforests in the world, third to the Amazon and Congo basins,” she added.

Asked what her participation at this event, Ms Todd said it not just a reward but also the opportunity to inspire other young designers in country to follow the path.
She said the doors it will open are many but important for her is that she will be putting PNG on the map especially for the first time in this part of the world.

She extended her thanks and appreciation to everybody who have and undoubtedly will stand by her including her family as she makes this journey to the UK.

The Business Desk of the Post-Courier wishes her the best and God’s Blessings on this journey.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/todd-set-stamp-mark-london-runway/

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Mt. Hagen Show 2017

 

The 2017 Hagen Show is expected to take places in Mt. Hagen, August 19th-20th.

Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and other neighboring provinces from the Highlands region will gather in the township of Mt. Hagen to put on exciting cultural performances involving traditional dances, singing and ritual – rivaling that of the Goroka Show.

The Hagen Show was first before PNG’s Independence as an event to unify tribes.

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The first Mount Hagen Cultural Show was staged in 1961, while PNG was still under the colonial rule of Australia. Many different tribes from the Highlands gathered together in an effort to share their cultural experiences with each other, bringing a calming effect to inter-tribal conflicts and animosities.

Since the first show, there have of course been technological advancements, political developments, and major paradigm shifts; namely, PNG’s independence from Australia in 1975. Mount Hagen has boomed in the past 40 years, and is now the third largest city in PNG. While the tribal focus of the show remains the same, the event has been made more tourist-friendly. A mix of tribal traditions and modern entertainment are designed to attract international and domestic travelers, and there is now a monetary prize for the winning cultural group. This ensures that the singsings are a colorful, competitive affair, with performers drumming, chanting and dancing at a pace that leaves even the audience breathless.

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Now local entertainers from the modern music scene also perform during the show.  Arts and crafts will also be on display apart from the cultural groups which will be preforming

Don’t miss out on this exciting cultural event in one of the Highlands regions biggest commercial township!

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Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority

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Crocodile Festival

Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA)

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance to the people of the Sepik River.

The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the Asia-Pacific region and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.

In Sepik culture man and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood.  Skin-cutting initiations continue in Sepik River communities where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin during the rite of passage. These scars, resembling the back of a crocodile, run from the shoulder to the hip.

Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.

The festival is usually held every first weekend of August.  For 2017 it was held last weekend from August 5th – 7th. You had to be there to experience the culture and beauty from one of Papua New Guinea’s fascinating tribal heartlands in the East Sepik, Momase Region.

If you missed out this year, not to worry, there is one next year and it gets better every year.

For updates follow the Sepik River Crocodile Festival Facebook group page.

To find out more on accommodation and adventure tour agents that operate inline with the Crocodile Festival you can click in the link below which is the source of our story.

 

http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/viewservices/News.aspx?Pop=1&rqEventID=251

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Tourism a Sleeping Giant

The National Author

 

PAPUA New Guinea’s tourism industry has long been a dormant area of opportunity.
The sector has potential to be a significant earner for the country but little has been done in a cohesive manner to drive development across the country to promote the culture, sights, flora and fauna unique to this part of the world.
What the country needs is a workable plan and policy that will cater for the specific tourism attractions the country now offers to people around the world.
PNG’s diverse and vibrant cultures are a great selling point as are its potential in the eco-tourism niche which ties in with the mostly untouched areas of the country.
Ecotourism is defined as travels to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.
The Tourism Promotion Authority, the country’s body that regulates tourism, has partnered with the International Finance Corporation – a member of the World Bank Group – to carry out market research to realise the sector’s potential over the next 10 years. According to the TPA, the tourism demand assessment will measure the size, travel, patterns, and economic value of current tourist arrivals in the country.
It will assess the effectiveness of existing marketing activities and, crucially, project volumes and value of potential arrivals, with specific emphasis on high spending niche markets.
This is in line with TPA’s master plan for 2017 which states on its website as having a theme based on “Growing PNG tourism as a sustainable industry”.
The vision of this plan is that starting this year, PNG tourism will be a growing and sustainable industry which:

  •   Is recognised globally as a destination which offers a range of unique niche adventure tourism experiences;
  • generates significant investment and employment through profitable business opportunities and subsequently the development of the economy;
  •   celebrates, protects and enhances our unique cultural heritage and natural environment by showcasing these attributes;
  •     provides visitors with an enjoyable, distinct and memorable experience; demonstrates partnership and collaboration across all stakeholders; and,
  •     Provides a broad distribution of benefits across PNG thereby improving the lifestyles of rural and urban communities.

 

The IFC/TPA partnership is geared towards enabling those aims to be achieved by guiding government and private sector investments in tourism-related infrastructure, products and services.
IFC’s Tom Jacobs said the objective was to find out what works and what might not be as successful in the PNG environment. “The research will provide recommendations to the Government to help it match tourism investment, development and targeting specific markets,” Jacobs said.
“Finding out what drives people to visit PNG and what is needed to bring more tourists – bird watchers, adventure seekers, or those attending cultural shows will help grow existing holiday arrivals and create new markets in the future.”
Tourism infrastructure is tied in with development needs such as having good roads including bridges as well as reliable communication apparatus and transportation, law and order and health services.
There is uneven growth across the country and the gap between the urban and rural is stark but at the same time an alluring quality.
Developing the tourism industry is beneficial collectively as there are multiple sites to visit for tourists.
Importantly, the development it is not all centered in one place and the revenue-earning benefits are ongoing unlike one-off events such as the 2015 Pacific Games which were staged in Port Moresby alone and saw the city benefit with a several major sporting infrastructure.
The TPA website states that a vision and overall goal for tourism in PNG will mean little if it does not result in benefits which flow to all sectors of the economy.
The potential benefits of implementing the tourism development plan are considerable.
In terms of employment generation alone the impacts would be significant.

For example, if the goal of doubling the number of holiday tourists within five years and then doubling the number again after 10 years is achieved, the net result would be tourism could have been worth K1.1 billion by 2010 and K1.78 billion in revenue terms by 2015.
Those on holiday would have spent K363 million in 2010 and K727 million in 2015. And the total employment in tourism would have increased by 4800 jobs by 2010 and 13,000 by 2015.
Given these are only projected returns, the figures and the potential to generate them cannot be ignored.
Tourism must be given the extra boost it deserves

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/tourism-sleeping-giant/

Parkop Plans to Transform NCD into a ‘21st Century City’

August 11, 2017

The National
By MALUM NALU

NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop plans to transform Port Moresby over the next five years into a “21st century city”.

“We cannot be complacent anymore. We cannot continue to give excuses or be mediocre about the quality of life and standard of living in our city, the status of infrastructure and so on.

 

“We’ve got to do a quantum leap – not just for the city but for the rest of the nation. The rest of the nation needs a major inspiration. They need to believe that a better future is possible. We’ve given them that possibility over the last nine to 10 years.

 

“We can absolutely do more and even better. That’s what I would like to see in the next five years. I want us to bring our city into the 21st Century. “We can do it. There’s no reason why we can’t do it. We have all the possibilities with us now. We have the experience.”
He was sworn as governor yesterday by Magistrate Tracy Ganaii.
The other NCD MPs are expected to be sworn in today.
Parkop said there were still some hurdles to overcome.
“There are some things that we must have zero-tolerance for,” he said.

PM highlights irony of Micah’s Apec snubbing

The National

IT is ironic that Kavieng will host an Apec tourism ministers’ conference next year, and yet Kavieng MP Ben Micah wants to cancel the Apec summit, the prime minister says.
Speaking to supporters at Ela Beach on Tuesday, Micah said he will  cancel the summit if his People’s Progress Party forms the next government after this month’s general election.
“The world is looking at us,” O’Neill told hundreds of people at Cartaret Oval in Kavieng during a campaign rally for People’s National Congress candidate Martin Aini yesterday.
“Your member was in Port Moresby and gathering all kinds of people together (at Ela Beach), and telling them that he will cancel Apec.
“You must know that in Apec 2018, tourism ministers with more than 200 delegates, will be here in Kavieng.
“We try to promote tourism, and here, we will have tourism ministers from 21 of the most-powerful countries in the world here in Kavieng.
“What a great opportunity for you to display the tourism potential of Kavieng and New Ireland.
“But here, we have someone who is painim toktok (looking for something to say).
“Em painim toktok (he is looking for something to say).
“We are talking about the good of the country, where education is going to go, where health is going to go, don’t talk about self-interest and ego.
“Ego never achieves anything, pride never achieves anything – it only causes problems.”
O’Neill said Aini, who was Kveing MP before losing to Micah in the 2012 general election, will be their next representative in Parliament.
“Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Singapore, Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Australia, Martin Aini lives in the village,” he said.
“This is the kind of leader that we want.”

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/pm-highlights-irony-micahs-apec-snubbing/

Hosting an APEC Meeting is a very Effective way to Promote Tourism & Culture

*** Regional APEC Meetings to Deliver Real Benefits Around the Nation ***

Tourism will generate thousands of jobs in the coming years, and the hosting of APEC events in growing tourism hubs will make an important contribution to this growing sector.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was speaking with around two thousand PNC supporters in Kavieng when he assured them that their current local member’s threat to cancel the hosting of APEC next year is just hot air.

He said the election of Martin Aini as the PNC Candidate for Kavieng Open is the only way the district can advance with a dedicated elected leader who is committed to the interests of the district and the country.

“These claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously,” the Prime Minister said.

“I have already had to assure our APEC partner economies that he is just one opposition member from 111 in the Parliament, and has a record for making highly questionable statements just to get attention.

“If you ask almost any other member of the Parliament if they agree with Papua New Guinea hosting APEC in 2018, they would be supportive.

“The Kavieng Member’s threat to cancel APEC has also backfired because it would mean cancelling the APEC Tourism Minister’s meeting, part of which will take place in his district.

“The Member for Kavieng would take APEC away from his own electorate just political mischief.

“His four party members do not support him, and even the Opposition Leader is against such foolish tactics.

“Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development.”

The Prime Minister said people around the country are tired of candidates who are standing without any clear policies and who just want to run the country down.

“The only people who are knocking the economy are in the opposition.

“They have spent this whole campaign making false claims, talking the economy down, and never offering any real alternatives.

“The current Member for Kavieng has demonstrated that he is not in this election for his people, but for himself.

“That is another reason why the people of Kavieng need to elect an intelligent and balanced leader, and that is what you have in Martin Aini.

“Martin Aini is a leader who will work hard in his electorate and work in the interests of his people and the nation.”

The comments by the current Kavieng Member are at odds with his earlier statements where he embraced advancing national economic development through deepening engagements with APEC.

Prime Minister’s Office PNG June 1, 2017 at 5.41 pm

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