UPNG Joins TPA To Promote Tourism
THE University of Papua New Guinea yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA).
The MoU will see UPNG assist TPA to promote tourism in the country.
The MoU will allow UPNG students to work in collaboration with TPA by offering professional studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM).
The signing of the MoU signifies a partnership between UPNG and TPA with the purpose of developing the human capital.
This is primarily to boost the existing capacity of the workforce in the country.
UPNG’s Head of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Dr Joyce Rayel said the signing is a milestone for THM education in the country.
Dr Rayel said the design of the curriculum should be dynamic to provide recognition of prior learning through the experience and expertise gained over the years working with the industry.
“This concept was presented to the TPA because we believed that this would only be possible through partnership and collaboration with our strongest supporter which is the TPA.
“We have started the paper work after receiving the green light from the school,” she said.
“The THM division of the school of business and public policy will offer this academic program to meet the needs of industry practitioners in the country,”
Ms Rayel said the tourism industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and some international organisations have already projected that tourism and hospitality would be the last economic sector to recover.
This partnership will however give a sense of hope and aspiration to the current and future labour force of the industry and will give a positive outlook to everyone that PNG’s tourism industry is not dead.
TPA chief executive officer, Jerry Agus said: “The MoU will help us (TPA) achieve some of the agendas in our two key pillars in the tourism master plan. The MoU will help to achieve the aims of a partnership between the institutions and development of the human resources in the tourism sector.
Mr Agus said the Tourism industry is a service industry which means it is labour intensive. Everything you do in tourism is to do with people that’s why the development of human resource is very important. He thanked the UPNG council and the administration for giving the approval for the MoU.