The Papua New Guinea Tourism team brought its unique colorful presence to the South Pacific Tourism Exchange in Auckland today, adding to the warmth and vibrant island atmosphere shared by other Pacific tourism representatives.

The South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) is an annual travel-trade event hosted by the Fiji-based South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) with a membership of over 200 recognized government and private sector tourism bodies from around the Pacific, including the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA).

“Our presence at the SPTE Auckland show is the start of PNG’s marketing focus on New Zealand who are known for their adventure-based travelers.  In the next five years, PNGTPA will be placing a greater focus on the development of the New Zealand market, especially specific niche markets such as trekking, diving and cultural tourism,” said CEO Jerry Agus.

Proudly joining the PNGTPA in marketing destination Papua New Guinea at the SPTE in Auckland are the following PNG tour operators:  Melanesian Tourist Services, Paiya Tours, PNG Trekking Adventures, PNG Highlands Adventures, Buna Treks & Tours, Country Tours, PNG Explorers International and Air Niugini. 

The Papua New Guinea Tourism team will meet with New Zealand tourism wholesalers and travel agencies to sell, market and promote our tourism products and services.    

Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha also makes up part of the Papua New Guinea tourism team at the SPTE, embracing her greater role of not only being our PNG tourism ambassador, but the South Pacific Tourism Ambassador as well under the SPTO. 

The SPTO and Miss Kariha will be advocating tourism in the Pacific at the SPTE Auckland Show under the “Ours is Yours” Sustainable Tourism campaign.

PNGTPA is proud to support Miss Pacific Islands and participate in the 2019 South Pacific Tourism Exchange.