New Book To Promote PNG Tourism
Last Thursday, February 20, marked a special day in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, at the Adventures’ Club – a Danish cultural landmark – Joshua Kalinoe, PNG’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, launched a new book called Salt Water and Spear Tips: The World’s First Circumnavigation of the Island of New Guinea in a Traditional Sailing Canoe.
Diplomatic representatives from Australia, Denmark, and Indonesia were also in attendance to acknowledge and celebrate the world record circumnavigation completed by Danish adventurer Thor F. Jensen and Milne Bay master sailors, brothers Justin and Sanakoli John and Job Siyae, 6300km around the island of New Guinea (the second largest island in the world after Danish Greenland).
The epic voyage took the traditional Milne Bay sailau, named the Tawali Pasana, to some of the best destinations in the nation, such as the famous Tawali Resort, Madang Resort, Tufi Resort and Vanimo Surf Lodge, all of which provided hospitality to the sailors. These destinations, and more, are acknowledged in the book, beautifully written and illustrated with Jensen’s trademark pen and ink drawings, a wonderful international advertisement for PNG tourism.
But it wasn’t all smooth going for the ‘fellowship of the Tawali Pasana’. Battling relentless monsoon winds, enormous ocean swells and dangerous currents, the crew navigated some of the world’s most remote coastal seascapes and were welcomed by generous communities along the way.
The journey also aimed to promote PNG as a destination for adventure tourism with world class surfing, sailing, sea kayaking, fishing and reef diving. Thor F. Jensen used the opportunity of the launch to acknowledge his great debt of gratitude to the people of PNG for the assistance, kindness and hospitality he and the Milne Bay men were shown over the 13 months and 21 days they were at sea and on land – half of which was spent sailing in PNG waters from Tawali to Vanimo and then from Daru across the mighty Gulf of Papua and back to Tawali, then on to the National Kenu and Kendu Festival in Alotau and into the history books.
Here the Tawali Pasana and her now famous crew came first in the popular sailau race that draws sailing buffs and cultural tourists from all over the world. The temperature outside the Adventurers’ Club was below freezing and a cold winter rain was falling.
It seemed like a long way from PNG’s tropical sunshine. But this didn’t dampen the spirits of Mr Kalinoe who used the opportunity to promote PNG’s rich and diverse cultures, peoples and landscapes, which countless readers of Salt Water and Spear Tips from all over the world can now discover when they buy a copy of the book.
Hopefully, this will encourage people to travel to PNG and experience the hospitality and natural beauty of this country. However, more than that, this book will make people in PNG proud and inspire the youth to value and continue the knowledge and skills that made this world record circumnavigation possible. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/new-book-to-promote-png-tourism/ | Post Courier