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  • Crocodile Festival
    This special festival celebrates one of Papua New Guinea's famous tribal heartlands and the significance of the revered crocodile - a motif throughout Sepik River culture.
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  • Kalam Festival
    The Kalam Cultural Festival showcases the culture of one of Papua New Guinea's most fascinating ethnic groups - the Simbai people of Madang Province
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  • Bilum Festival
    Karkar Island Bilum Festival: See bilum-weaving displays, arts, crafts and colorful singsings - experience Karkar Island at this unique festival in Madang Province.
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  • Kutubu Kundu Digaso
    The Kutubu Kundu Digaso festival offers a rare treat of fascinating cultural performances from all over the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.
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  • Kenu & Kundu Festival
    Stunning traditional canoes and 'kundus' feature prominently in this exciting cultural festival held in Alotau, Milne Bay Province.
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  • Lukim PNG Nau 2016
    PNG Tourism Industry Association presents Lukim PNG Nau 2016 - a tourism expo showcasing PNG culture, nature and adventure products, services and activities.
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  • Goroka Show
    This 2016 the 'most colorful show on Earth' returns celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Goroka Town in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province will come alive September 16th-18th.
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  • Morobe Show
    The Morobe show is an annual event hosted by the Morobe Provincial Agricultural Society, in Papua New Guinea’s second largest city.
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  • Museum Exhibition
    The National Museum and Art Gallery is now showcasing the 'Built on Culture Exhibition' commemorating Papua New Guinea's 40 year milestone Independence Anniversary.
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  • Enga Show
    The people of Enga will be celebrating their 2016 cultural show August 5th-7th in Wabag. The show is set to rival the other cultural shows in the Highlands region.
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  • DWU Cultural Day
    Students of the Divine Word University Madang Campus proudly perform various 'singsings' in their annual Cultural Day. Join the celebration of PNG culture in Madang this 9th August.
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  • PNG Flower Show
    The annual Papua New Guinea Flower Show is a fragrant and colorful event. See on display spectacular flowers from various parts of the country.
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  • Mask Festival
    A cultural extravaganza set in Kokopo, featuring iconic masks from East New Britain, New Ireland and various parts of Papua New Guinea.
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  • Madang Festival
    June 11th-12th, 2016: One of Papua New Guinea’s most visited province prepares for a celebration to showcase its many unique resident cultural groups.
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  • Frangipani Festival
    The residents of Rabaul invite you to their annual Frangipani Festival celebrating the rebirth of Rabaul after the 1994 volcanic eruptions: September 16th to 18th, 2016.
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Government focus on tourism development

Papua New Guinea’s Vision 2050 and the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2011-2015 sees tourism rising to become a significant driver of the economy. This government recognition is supported by tax incentives such as double deductions for costs associated with export market development, and double deductions for tourism staff training costs. Accelerated depreciation is yet another form of tax incentive whereby capital investment in eligible tourism facilities qualifies for 55% increased initial-year depreciation. Investors in large-scale tourist accommodation facilities may be eligible for a concessional tax rate of 20%.

Investment Protection and Guarantees

Foreign investment in Papua New Guinea is facilitated, regulated and monitored by the Investment Promotion Act and is subject to guarantees under the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and other international agreements.

Incentives For Tourism Investment

The Papua New Guinea government has targeted tourism as a priority area for the economic development of the country and for the creation of both rural and urban employment opportunities. The national government’s Medium Term Development Strategy (MTDS) has called for tourism to be a significant driver of the economy. The MTDS supports the use of fiscal policy tools to promote Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry, particularly the extension of existing tax concessions to the industry, provided a comprehensive appraisal of these incentives is conducted to make sure that the increased benefits from tourism are outweighing the costs of reduced tax revenue from tourism operators.

The development and expansion of tourism in Papua New Guinea is spearheaded by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, with the support of government agencies and industry partners such as the Investment Promotion Authority, Internal Revenue Commission and Papua New Guinea Tourism Industry Association.

Key Trends and Developments in Papua New Guinea Tourism Industry

Recent developments in tourism hospitality included refurbishment and expansion of several well known Port Moresby hotels. The Airways Hotel is adding 63 new suites and providing retail space, a day spa, coffee shops and conference facilities. The Gateway Hotel and the Ela Beach hotel have indicated plans for expansion and refurbishment in 2009-2010 and more than US$50 million has already been invested in upgrading the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels.

An upsurge in business tourists requiring accommodation in Port Moresby has meant good quality hotel rooms are often in short supply. Several new hotels are in the wind to ease this shortage including a luxury hotel planned by the Kumul Group which owns the existing Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn complexes. The Coral Seas Hotel Group, which operates the largest chain of hotels in Papua New Guinea, has a 12-storey complex under construction in Port Moresby to add to Coral Seas’ growing chain. Coral Seas’ new complex on Mary Street combines residential and short-term apartment accommodation. The combination of short- and long-term accommodation is also favoured by the developers of the Kingfisher Apartments and Reef Apartments.

Extra rooms provided by refurbishments, extensions and new developments underway in 2009 are expected to be available in 2010. Although easing the accommodation shortfall, these are unlikely to fully satisfy the growing demand for high-standard accommodation in the country’s capital.

The capital city is not alone in attracting new hotel developments. Major cities like Madang, Kokopo and Lae also have new hotels under construction or existing ones undergoing expansion to add new rooms and apartments in 2009.

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