The cruise of the Sea Princess from Brisbane was to PNG ports of Alotau, Kitava, Doini Island and Kiriwina Island in Milne Bay Province and Rabaul in East New Britain Province.
The Sea Princess cruise liner is 226-metres long, consists of 15 decks and has more than 900 crews.
The cruise liner left Brisbane on December 18, cruised in PNG waters as its passengers celebrated Christmas and returned to Brisbane. Under the current Government policy, East New Britain, Milne Bay and Western Highlands Provinces were targeted provinces for tourism investment and development, and this had seen a great start over the Christmas holidays for tourist visiting those provinces.
According to Tourism Promotion Authority tourism research and statistics 2014-15 visitors’ analysis, apart from total visitors entering the country which is 390,127 for both years, a total of 104,838 visitors visited during their holiday months of January and December.
Most of the visitors were from Australia, United States of America, Asian countries, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Oceania and Germany.
The research and analysis helps to support the tourism industry development, policy making and marketing.
Thus, PNGTPA aims to measure the overall economic value of tourism to the nation doubling number of tourists in holiday in PNG every five years.
(Source: Papua New Guinea Post-Courier 29 December 2016)