New vil­lage huts site a boost for PNG tourism

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Vil­lage Huts, a PNG tourism op­er­a­tor, has launched a new web­site (vil­lage­ that pro­vides a re­li­able and se­cure way of book­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and tours in the coun­try for ad­ven­tur­ers and back­pack­ers.

About 95 per cent of home­s­tays and guest­houses in PNG do not have their own web­site, so this new site gath­ers many of them to­gether.

Vil­lage Huts di­rec­tor Pamela Christie says: “There is a grow­ing num­ber of ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­ity providers cater­ing to ad­ven­ture tourists, yet they lack proper ex­po­sure. A plat­form like ours gives tourists ac­cess to the dif­fer­ent ser­vice providers in the coun­try.”

The new web­site is ex­pected to boost tourism num­bers, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion in Port Moresby.

The com­mis­sion, teamed with the Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity (MDF), has backed the web­site ini­tia­tive.

Com­mis­sion spokesper­son Jodie McAl­lis­ter says the web­site will usher in “new av­enues for tourists to ac­cess won­der­ful places and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in Pa­pua New Guinea”.

MDF is a multi-coun­try de­vel­op­ment program funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment. It has been op­er­at­ing in Fiji, Ti­mor-Leste and Pak­istan for a few years, and last year ex­panded into Sri Lanka and PNG.

MDF says it will cre­ate about 315 jobs and in­crease in­comes for 8040 peo­ple in PNG be­tween 2015 and 2017. To do this, MDF works with in­dus­tries that have long-term growth prospects, in­clud­ing tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity. ■


Grass­roots ac­com­mo­da­tion … huts, home­s­tays and guest­houses around PNG are fea­tured on the re­vamped web­site, vil­lage­

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