Dignitary attends tourism management training in Japan to revamp PNG Tourism

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Ms. Joybertina Piasinu is on a mission to revamp PNG’s Tourism consistent with the Tourism Sector Development Plan 2022 – 2026. She currently holds the position of Executive Manager with the PNG Tourism Industry Association Inc. (PNGTIA), a traditional partner of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) recognized as the National Tourism Office. PNGTIA works closely with PNGTPA for tourism development. She attended the JICA training program on “Local Tourism Development through Practical Management of Tourism Resources” at JICA Shikoku for 3 weeks to learn about ideas to promote local tourism.

Tourism in PNG, like many countries in the Asia Pacific region and world, were greatly affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Three years on, tourism is slowly picking up and visitor numbers are expected to increase. In 2022, PNG received 69, 736 international visitors, an increase of over 300% or 52,530 additional arrivals compared to 16, 846 in 2021.

Ms. Piasinu has started communications with the office of the Mayor of Miyoshi City on the possibility of NCD / PNG tourism and hospitality workers to be engaged to work in rural Japanese areas, to help address labor shortages in the tourism industry in Japan.

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