HUNDREDS of passengers came ashore from MS Pacific Aria when it anchored in Wewak Harbour on Monday, providing the town with a great boost.
And more than 500 passengers took the paid tour options - Wewak highlights, Maur Village and the ‘Japanese surrender’ tour – pumping even more money into the local economy.
And the response from our visitors? It was great, with the ship rating Wewak’s services and tours as excellent.
Among the passengers were former Wewak residents. including Mr Green, formerly a branch manager with the PNG Banking Corporation, and also the wife of former East Sepik district commissioner.
One group chartered an aircraft to fly over Wewak and along the Sepik River.
Mr Woods said there will be another cruise soon.
Security in the town was excellent with the help of Wewak police personnel.
The people of Wewak and East Sepik showed their true colors and I did not hear of any harassment of tourists or petty thefts.
The provincial police commander, Wewak police station commander and the men and women of the police are to be thanked for a job well done.