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

Papua New Guinea Business Travel Guide - - News - Writer: Matthew Staff Project Man­ager: Ryan Gray

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.

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