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Subject: Are Tourists interested in Enga?

Nico (Miok pii la.)
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Date Posted: Fri, Jul 06 2007, 11:47:55am

Truely Engans are unique and Enga is unique with its naturaly enviroment (landscape,topography,climate, variety of animal and plant species etc.) culture and traditions of people are unique as well. Seeing such potential tourist attractions and many more to offer to tourists I wander if the EPG has some plans for tourism in Enga.
It would be also great if statistics of past tourism activities and purposes of visits into the province are made public.

Tourism promoter


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Date Posted: Fri, Jul 06 2007, 09:35:47pm

I went as a tourist and loved it. I stayed at Kumul Lodge for 2 nights and Sari Village for 3 nights. I enjoyed just walking around the beautiful area. The cultural centre was not in good shape, and it would be good to get that going again for tourists.

Yes, I think Enga has a huge amount to offer tourists. The only thing keeping them away is the fear of rape and violence.

Personally, I didn't feel under threat at all, though I was somewhat nervous when our PMV was stopped twice at 'road blocks'.

Maybe I was being naive.. maybe I was in more danger than I thought? If I was, I was blissfully unaware...

I'd like to go back, (hence, why I read sites like this, to enjoy good memories), but won't have the money for another 2 - 3 years.

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Date Posted: Fri, Jul 06 2007, 10:11:24pm

The other block to tourism is cost.

Currently, from Melbourne, for AU$1059 I can holiday in Thaland with the following inclusions:
* Return airfare
* 4 nights at a very nice beach lodge
* Breakfast each day
* Trecking tour on Elephants for another AU$54.

What could I get for AU$1059 on a PNG holiday? Not even the airfare. The cheapest return flight to POM is around $1500 on Qantas' Red e Deal. I can get to London and back for $1900. On top of that, I need to get to Wabag which will cost me another AU$500.

So, to get to Wabag will cost me more than to get to London,even on the cheapest fares. Stupid, isn't it!

Then accommodation in PNG is much more expensive than asian locations. Kumul lodge is very nice and fairly reasonable, but places like Ambua lodge are not within reach for many people at AU$350 / night per person for a double room. I can get a room at the best hotel in Melbourne (Crown Towers) for AU$150 pp for a double... see www.wotif.com.au.

I wonder if some people in PNG overestimate how rich the average person is in Australia and the US etc. I wonder if PNG nationals have met many expats on huge wages and think we all have that money to burn.

At present, the tourist market is limited to those willing to pay HUGE prices compared to other holidays they could have.

Yes, there are some of us willing to save up for ages to come, because its worth it to us.. but many more will compare with other countries, and decide its just too expensive.

(I'm coming back, though!!!... when I've saved up)

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Date Posted: Sun, Jul 08 2007, 02:42:07am


I am so happy to hear you visited Sari. I am from Sari so it just sounds great to have visitors like yourself for going to my village. I must salute you for travelling up that way despite all the negatives you may have heard about PNG and Enga. Iam disappointed you did go through 2 road blocks. I think you are truly strong in character to say you will make the second trip. Just out of curiousity, I was wondering who from Sari accompanied you there.

It's just reassuring to hear someone from Australia could travel to PNG and Enga for that matter. As you may have seen Enga surely has great things to offer in terms of scenery and general life stlye which aren't promoted well. I am currently living in Western Australia which is quite dry all year around and I regard this place has nothing to offer to visitors but it's really suprising as people come in the numbers to visit this part of Australia. I have been wondering why this was so but, I've been told that they were told by other friends or someone who had come here previously that WA during winter was a beautiful place to visit. I have told a few that I did meet about PNG and what it has to offer. Many of them knew about the Kokoda Track. I suppose if people like yourself do promote PNG and Enga we will see many Australians and others visiting Enga which really does have more beautiful sceneries then WA, I don't know about the rest of Australia.

Cost like you say is surely a deterant and I just hope our government can encourage tourism by reviewing the service industry costs within PNG.

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Date Posted: Sun, Jul 08 2007, 09:03:51pm

You can see some of my photos from Enga at:

My trip was organised through Ben ?Loken / ?Lokain & his daughter, Josephine. I was put in touch with Josephine through Adrian Keefe, who answered the email I sent to the link on

I only came across it by doing a google search for Enga. When looking for places to stay, I 'googled' all highland provinces I was interested in. Even then, I only found it with some hunting. I'd like to see links on major PNG internet tourism sites, and being linked with, eg. Niugini Holidays at http://www.nghols.com/

Re cost... I think its a matter of numbers. If there is more demand for reasonable airfares, maybe they will provide them. At present, I get the impression that most people travelling are from organisations such as churches, government and busines. All these are prepared to pay full price airfares, whereas tourists are not. If thousands more tourists want to go, the Qantas etc will be able to earn more by charging less. Eg. Bali - Australia, and London to Australia.

I wish anyone well, setting up such tourism ventures.


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