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Subject: Re: Are Tourists interested in Enga?

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Date Posted: Sun, Jul 08 2007, 02:42:07am
In reply to: Nico 's message, "Are Tourists interested in Enga?" on Fri, Jul 06 2007, 11:47:55am


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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