7 Feb 2007

PNG tourism results still lag behind Pacific competitors

10:35 am on 7 February 2007

Papua New Guinea still lags behind its smaller Pacific island neighbours when it comes to drawing international tourists.

Jim Tjoeng, Air Niugini chairman, revealed this during the launch of the airline's discounted domestic and international airfare.

He told the National newspaper that only about 15,000 to 20,000 visitors come to the country each year while its neighbours like Cook Islands could easily attract 70,000 and Vanuatu, 50,000.

Mr Tjoeng says Papua New Guinea won't attract the desired number of tourists unless it improves the law and order situation and its tourism facilities across the country.