Papua New Guinea reports that it has seen increased demand from tour operators looking to feature the destination in their programmes.
Enquiries from travellers also encouraged The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority in Port Moresby to organise a fam trip in September to enable operators to experience the complete package of PNG products in their home environment and to discuss UK requirements with the suppliers.
Since the London office of PNG Tourism Promotion Authority opened in January 2012, an increasing number of UK tour operators are now featuring the destination.
Peter Vincent, the authority's CEO, said: “We have recently welcomed a steady increase in tourism from both the UK and Europe. We are also proud to announce that UK tourism figures for the period April to June 2013 show a 7.91% increase on the 2012 figures.”
According to PNG, culture and cruise are the two sectors of this market currently receiving increased interest, and currently one in every eight package holidays booked in the UK is a cruise, with P&O, Coralprincess, Noble-Caledonia, Orion Expeditions and Silversea Cruises all currently having or plan to have itineraries in the region.