New Ireland government sign tourism Mou
The New Ireland government has signed a MoU with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The MoU was signed by Minister Emil Tammur and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan during the New Ireland Day celebrations on Friday July 26 at Bopire, Namatanai district, New Ireland.
The MoU will allow for the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) and its sister agencies of the National Cultural Commission (NCC) and the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) to discuss and address tourism, arts and culture agendas with provincial governments and administrations.
It paves way for funding and technical support from the PNGTPA, NCC and NMAG through the Tourism Zone Support Initiative (TZSI) for tourism, arts and culture development through the PIP annual budget appropriation and staff cohorts as and when in-kind support is required by the provincial government.
“The New Ireland Provincial Government (NIPG) initially started discussing its MoU with the PNGTPA in July last year when the APEC tourism ministers visited Kavieng for a one-day visit on June 2, 2018 where Minister Emil Tammur and PNGTPA CEO Jerry Agus were in attendance,” said New Ireland Tourism CEO and chairman of the Tourism Authority Memafu Kapera.
He said since then “we have had two visits from the PNGTA provincial coordination and product development division with the most recent in October last year, where a preliminary destination audit was facilitated and a workshop was conducted to develop the first draft of the New Ireland tourism master plan 2019-2023, with the second draft of the plan to be completed soon, (and) to be vetted by the PNGTPA”.
Kapera said the signing of the MoU and the launching of the master plan will progress the development of tourism, arts and culture in New Ireland Province.
“The New Ireland Tourism Authority board since its appointment by the new provincial government has progressed the registration of the Niu Ailan Tourism Industry Association Incorporated to represent all operators and is presently facilitating the registration of the New Ireland Culture and Heritage Foundation representing the interests of the chiefs and cultural groups and progress to developing cultural centers and museums.”
Meantime Minister Tammur also handed over a cheque of K100, 000 to the New Ireland Tourism Authority to further advance its work.