PNG visitor arrivals analysis for 2013

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Visitor arrivals data is an important piece of information for the tourism sector.  It provides the number of visitor arrivals in the country in a given time period, where the visitors are from and the purpose of their visit.

By knowing the number of visitors, where they are from and the purpose of their visit, the tourism sector can then get an idea on the performance of the industry, who the major customers are and the activities they do while here.  Based on the information, tourism statutory bodies and businesses can plan better in terms of its goals in the industry and how it will achieve those goals.

For the government, this information is helpful in terms of creating policies to meet the needs of the industry. Not only policies but more importantly the kind of infrastructure necessary to achieve the tourism goals of the country.

Most of you are aware of the recent visa on arrival ban for Australian passport holders. With the information below, you can make your own assessment as to the extent the recent decision will affect PNG’s tourism industry. Most of the critics directly involved in the tourism industry are basing their opinion from information like the one below.

From the figures, Australia certainly is an important market both in the business and holiday segment.  It will be interesting to see how these figures will come out this year as a result of the visa on arrival ban decision by the Government for Australian passport holders.

The data below has been provided by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority.

Visitors Arrival Analysis         Dec- 2013              
Country Busins MICE VFR Holiday Emplynt Educatn Other Dec-13 Dec-12 Change % +/-
Australia 1832 173 945 1856 1584 6 12 6408 6621 -213 -3
New Zealand 204 15 52 112 186 2 2 573 546 27 5
Oceania 98 27 70 131 52 14 1 393 317 76 24
China 358 15 16 98 257 2 4 750 585 165 28
Japan 92 7 1 144 15 0 0 259 309 -50 -16
Korea 73 2 5 21 38 0 1 140 149 -9 -6
Malaysia 118 6 13 50 362 1 1 551 324 227 70
Singapore 97 4 23 17 18 2 0 161 132 29 22
Philippines 213 9 22 142 1084 4 2 1476 1660 -184 -11
Indonesia 75 4 17 17 317 1 0 431 264 167 63
India 95 7 9 54 178 0 0 343 490 -147 -30
Other Asia 102 4 7 122 40 0 0 275 253 22 9
United Kingdom 66 3 24 58 63 0 0 214 182 32 18
Germany 16 1 4 25 10 0 0 56 55 1 2
France 27 0 4 15 10 0 2 58 61 -3 -5
Netherlands 8 0 5 8 6 0 0 27 24 3 13
Other Europe 44 0 3 41 57 0 0 145 117 28 24
USA 178 7 29 116 103 3 3 439 422 17 4
Canada 42 4 4 28 44 1 0 123 119 4 3
Other America 3 2 0 13 25 0 3 46 53 -7 -13
Africa 16 3 6 12 40 0 1 78 82 -4 -5
Russia 10 0 0 6 16 2 0 34 18 16 89
Italy 7 4 1 3 11 0 0 26 25 1 4
Scandinavia 8 1 0 10 5 0 1 25 22 3 14
Chile 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 0 4 0
Israel 4 1 0 2 3 0 0 10 7 3 43
Dec-13 3786 299 1260 3104 4525 38 33 13045 12837 208 2
Dec-12 3622 114 813 2907 6083 37 61 12837
Change 164 185 447 197 -1558 1 -28 208
% +/- 5 162 55 7 -26 3 -46 2

Here is the link to the Media Release on the Visa on Arrival ban for Australian passport holders http://skerah.com/2014/ban-on-visa-on-arrival-for-australians/

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