Kondra says tourism is worth more than a gold mine

Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) students at the Divine Word University (DWU) have been challenged to use their knowledge to promote tourism in the country.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Boka Kondra made the call at the launch of the university’s 6th annual Liklik Diwai Turism Expo on Friday 17th May, 2013 at the Madang campus.

This year‚Äôs expo was held under the theme ‚ÄėPromoting Total Quality Assurance in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry‚Äô.

‚ÄúPlease use what you have learnt to take ownership of your resources. You can make a difference,‚ÄĚ Mr. Kondra told students.

He described tourism as an industry that could benefit all ordinary Papua New Guineans.

The minister noted that tourism provides 15000 employment opportunities for Papua New Guineans.

‚ÄúTourism industry is more than a gold mine. It is a sleeping giant. Tourism is for everyone and it is here to stay,‚ÄĚ said Mr. Kondra.

He commended DWU for playing a crucial role in promoting PNG tourism through its professional training.

Maureen Hill, a longtime Madang resident and community organiser supported the minister’s call to promote tourism.

However she encouraged students to promote the industry on a domestic scale before stepping onto the world stage.

Since 1998, DWU through its THM department continues to offer programs to address the ever changing issues and concerns in the field of tourism and hospitality in the country.

The Liklik Diwai Turism Expo is one avenue the department promotes and generates discussion on tourism and hospitality.

It brings together partners in the tourism and hospitality sector to engage with the students, staff and the wider community.

The expo is held every May as part of the practical component of a unit studied by final year Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management students.