Launched in November 2021, the Tourism Sector Development Plan 2022 -2026 (TSDP) builds on the PNG Tourism Sector Review and Master Plan 2007 – 2017, which extensively documented the bottlenecks of the tourism sector.
The new 5-year plan takes into account the impacts that COVID-19 has had on PNG’s tourism industry and aims to ensure that tourism continues to thrive in the country. The TSDP will firstly steer and provide guidance for the sector and secondly, serve as a common platform for rallying and unifying national efforts in developing tourism at all levels.
The TSDF moves away from the traditional approach of planning around focal or programme areas to a sector- focused approach. This will allow the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA) to continue strengthening the image of PNG as a desirable tourist destination, whilst also encouraging the domestic tourism market. The launch of the TSDP brought together a range of stakeholders, signifying the strengthened partnership between PNG TPA, the tourism industry and government stakeholders. In acknowledging this shift, PNG TPA Chief Executive, Mr. Eric Mossman, noted that the TSDP will be a critical tool in ensuring that tourism recovery is driven by the relevant subsectors of the industry.
Photo Caption: (L) PNG Tourism Promotion Authority CEO Eric Mossman Uvovo, Tourism Minister Hon. Isi Henry Leonard, TPA Chairman Hon. Kennedy Wenge and PM Marape with children representing the four regions of the country at launching of the PNG Tourism Sector Development Plan 2022-2026 in Port Moresby. (R) Prime Minister Marape receives a copy of the TSDP.
Photo Credit: PNG TPA