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Assignment Title: Review of National Tourism Plan for PNG and Provincial Tourism Development Plans for the Provinces of East New Britain and Milne Bay Reference No. PG-TPA-14512

The Government of PNG has identified sustainable tourism as a priority sector that can lead to more inclusive growth. Recognising the opportunity tourism presents, and the need to address constraints and invest in the development of the sector, the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through its Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) has committed to a Tourism Sector Development Project, to be financed by the World Bank. Although this project will have national considerations, it will focus on two provinces with the highest-potential for development; East New Britain (ENB) and Milne Bay (MB). It has been designed to facilitate the development of tourism hubs and spokes in these provinces by strengthening the institutions that are the backbone of the sector at the national and provincial level, and improving the tourism infrastructure, products and services in the tourism hub towns of Alotau, Kokopo, and Rabaul, as well as the high-potential tourism locations/sites that can be accessed from there (spokes). The proposed components of this project are:

Component 1: Institutional and Policy Framework.

Subcomponent 1.1. Strengthening the national and provincial tourism development framework.
Subcomponent 1.2. Strengthening hubs, cultural and community development frameworks.

Component 2: Infrastructure and Community/Product Development.
Subcomponent 2.1. Upgrading tourism infrastructure and heritage sites in urban and rural centers.
Subcomponent 2.2. Supporting partnerships for inclusive tourism destinations.

Component 3: Project Management.

Component 1.1 involves a Sector Assessment phase (including a review of the current Tourism Master Plan and situational analysis), followed by the development of a new Tourism Master Plan for PNG, and Provincial Tourism Development Plans for East New Britain and Milne Bay. Working with the TPA and its provincial counterparts to successfully undertake the assessment and develop the plans is the subject of this Expression of Interest (EoI).

For the implementation of this assignment, it is envisaged to hire a Consulting Firm (hereafter called Consultant).

The objective of the proposed assignment is – through the provision of technical assistance and capacity building to the TPA and counterpart provincial offices - to:

Phase 1: Complete a ‘Tourism Sector Assessment’ comprising:
1.1 A review of the National Tourism Master Plan (2007-2017);
1.2 A supply inventory and associated situation analysis of the current tourism sector landscape in PNG broadly, and ENB and Milne Bay in detail.

Phase 2: Develop five-year tourism plans for PNG and selected provinces, specifically:
2.1 A new National Tourism Master Plan for PNG for the period 2018 to 2022;
2.2 A Provincial Tourism Development Plan (each) for ENB and Milne Bay for 2018-2022.

These plans will provide a detailed framework and action-oriented guidance for how tourism development should take place, supported by clear rationale and structured according to the outputs featured in the ‘Deliverables’ section below.

This will include the following activities, inter alia:

Phase 1: Tourism Sector Assessment
* Conduct a desk review of relevant PNG national and provincial Government development plans, and tourism and related plans (to be provided) to identify relevant information for this assignment.
* Conduct a Stakeholder Analysis to identify who will be consulted for which outputs and determine a consultation schedule to optimize efficiencies.
* Undertake consultations with identified stakeholders to:
- ascertain perspectives on successes and challenges in implementing the PNG Tourism Master Plan 2007-2017;
- understand the arrangements and (enabling/constraining) conditions for tourism sector development in PNG broadly, and East New Britain and Milne Bay specifically;
- collect information on tourism resources for the tourism supply inventory.  
* Document a review of the PNG Tourism Master Plan 2007-2017, including ‘lessons learned’ in preparing a new plan.
* Draw on available materials, consultation findings and site visits to develop an updated tourism supply inventory for PNG, and more detailed audits for ENB and MB.
* Document a situational analysis of the tourism sector in PNG, ENB and MB that identifies the tourism development arrangements and the constraints faced in sector development.

 Phase 2: Tourism Plans Development
* Undertake further desk review of local resources and global research
* Conduct stakeholder workshops for the National Tourism Master Plan in Port Moresby and regional towns such as Alotau, Kokopo/Rabaul, Mount Hagen, Madang (inviting other provincial tourism representatives to these workshops), with the purpose to (i) build awareness of the National Tourism Master Plan and explain the process; (ii) share and validate key findings from the Sector Assessment; (iii) seek perspectives for developing a vision for tourism for the National Master Plan.
* (For East New Britain and Milne Bay only), use this initial workshop for the additional purpose of canvasing more detailed inputs on province-specific plan inputs, including validating/refreshing the recently-developed tourism visions for each province.
* Conduct focus group discussions and/or surveys with key stakeholder groups (e.g. by niche segments) in these locations to understand segment-specific needs and opportunities in detail.
* Conduct site visits and (ongoing) consultations with interested owners/guardians of specific sites in ENB and MB identified for site development.
* Share interim findings with the TPA, Provincial Government counterparts and Strategic Environmental, Social, Cultural Heritage Assessment (SESCHA) team to validate direction of strategies
* Conduct further stakeholder workshops, focus group discussions, and site visits in ENB and MB to share and validate key findings, canvas feedback, collect information and communicate next steps.
* Prepare the first draft of the national and provincial plans for review by the TPA, Provincial Government counterparts and SESCHA team. Revise as necessary.
* Share revised first drafts at stakeholder workshops in Port Moresby and other designated centers, and canvas further inputs. Continue focus group discussions and meetings about specific sites for development in ENB and MB.
* Prepare the second draft of the tourism plans including the respective ‘immediate’ and ‘short to medium term’ Implementation Plans. Share with the TPA, Provincial Government counterparts and SESCHA team before finalizing the plans.

The preparation of these plan will require extensive consultations with PNG’s tourism stakeholders, including the private sector (from large investors to SME operators and micro enterprises in the tourism industry), relevant Government agencies, communities, training providers, industry clients in source markets, and development partners.

Implementation period of the assignment is about 50 weeks.

The Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Service. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. Specifically, the Expression of Interest must provide the following information:

* Detailed description of the consulting firm’s core business and years in operations, including the services provided to date, relevant projects completed, address, contacts etc.
* Proposed team members and evidence of their relevant expertise for this assignment.
* Summary of the methodology proposed to achieve the objectives.

Qualification Requirements of the Consultant:
The Consulting firm for this project should meet the following criteria:
- Team members with at least 8 years of experience within the specific knowledge area listed above or a relevant Masters Degree
- Strong report-writing skills
- Prior experience in the preparation of similar tasks
- Experience on projects within the East Asia and the Pacific is an advantage Experience in Papua New Guinea is an advantage
- Capacity of firm (including personnel) to handle assignment.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. Association with local firms and engagement of local consultants is encouraged.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011and revised as of July, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on the Consultants’ Qualifications (CQS) method procedures set out in the World Bank’s “Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans & IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers” January 2011and revised as of July, 2014.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 0900 to 1600.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, by mail or by e-mail) by 23rd February 2018, at 1600hours (PGT).

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority
Attn: Ms. Alcinda Trawen, Director Policy and Planning
Level 5, Pacific MMI Building, Champion Parade
PO Box 1291, Port Moresby 121 
Papua New Guinea
Tel: 675 3200211
Fax: 675 3200223

Download pdf version: Request for Expression of Interest - Consulting Services - Firm Selection, Review of National Tourism Master Plan
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