Papua New Guinea
For the ultimate, raw travelling experience, Papua New Guinea is a proverbial, albeit luxurious, time machine back to more instinctive and nature-driven times
or hundreds of years, the concept of Papua New Guinea becoming a tourism hotspot, let alone a hotbed for international business travellers, was unthinkable, but while large parts of the country retain rituals and traditions oft-associated with centuries of old, pockets of the multi-island nation are becoming some of the most exotic and exciting places to visit.
Driven by its motto, ‘unity in diversity’ it is this diversification into the modern day which has helped to kick-start more concerted realms of economic prevalence and tourism prowess; and for the lucky few who have been able to capitalise on the opportunity so far, the stunning scenery and hospitable people that await have made such a trip more than worthwhile.
Epitomised by the growth of its capital, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally enigmatic countries in the world, boasting 852 languages across its more than seven million people. However, it is the country’s mystery and intrigue which have largely put it on the map, with massive parts still untouched by civilisation or even explored fully. ‘Uncontacted peoples’ and innumerable species of animal are still predicted to inhabit one of the most untouched areas of the planet.
Even the name itself - Papua - derives from an old term of uncertain origin or meaning, an indictment of a country that has so much to offer, yet very little of it shouted about.
“Lying just south of the equator, 160 kilometres north of Australia, Papua New Guinea is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. With a vibrant and colourful Papua New Guinea culture, more than 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages, PNG is made up of four regions with 20 provinces,” explains Papua New Guinea Travel on its website. “Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage.
“Spend your Papua New Guinea holiday trekking remote jungle tracks, cruising the mighty Sepik river, surfing the waves of New Ireland, fishing around the fjords of Tufi, birdwatching our world-famous birds of paradise in the Highlands, or diving amongst the coral reef coastline.”
More than 820 different languages inevitably makes any visit you do have to PNG all the more challenging or exciting depending on your taste for the indigenous, but across each of the country’s four regions, business is expanding, and the business travel community is growing.