STAFF REPORTER | PNG Today
PORT MORESBY - Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.
Despite this, Mr Nakajima described the country’s tourism potential as huge and said Japan had 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.
In his first year in PNG, Mr Nakajima visited the four regions of the country and expressed how impressed he was with what the country has to offer Japanese tourists.
“Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here is not so much,” he said.
“I travelled to Wewak, Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae and Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.
“Some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but places like Port Moresby are is not so safe.”
Mr Nakajima said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country and Japanese citizens are travelling to them.