THE Papua New Guinea tourism sector has exceeded its targets for foreign visitors, tourism revenue and employment in the industry in 2011 and 2012.
“The first report card is out and the performance of the sector has surpassed the 2010 baseline”, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Boka Kondra.
“There is a progressive increase for each of the sector’s three indicators and we’re very much on the road to meeting our targets for 2015”, he said.
In 2010, foreign visitors totalled 146,350 which increased to 175,200 in 2012. The 2015 target is 240,000.
In 2010, tourism receipts were K1.4 billion which increased to K1.75 billion in 2012. The 2015 target is K3 billion.