National Geographics lists Papua New Guinea in top 21 travel destinations for 2017

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What wonderful news to hear that Papua New Guinea has made it into the top 21 destinations travelers must visit in 2017.  To those promoting Papua New Guinea from the Tourism Promotion Authority to tourism businesses, well done!  Give yourself a pat on the back.

The job has only just begun so the listing by this reputable source should be an encouragement to keep at it.

Chief executive officer of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Jerry Agus, has be reported in the ABC saying that PNG’s diverse and unique culture warrants its inclusion on the list.  And he’s not wrong there too…

Now back to the listing.  Here’s the full list in alphabetical order:

  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA
  • Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Canton Uri, Switzerland
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Central India’s National Parks
  • Chengdu, China
  • Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
  • Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
  • Finland
  • Georgia, USA
  • Guadeloupe Islands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Malta
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Via Dinarica, Western Balkans

As you can see from the list, most of the countries listed are in the American and European content.  Papua New Guinea appears to be the only country from the Pacific.

National Geographic says that the destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories- Cities, Nature, or Culture.

On Papua New Guinea, the reputable National Geographic has the following to say:


“Time forgot much of Papua New Guinea, or PNG, an isolated and incredibly rugged Garden of Eden.”

On the people and promotion:

“For indigenous cultures in secluded villages, life pretty much goes on as it has for centuries. Recent homegrown tourism initiatives, such as the lodging and travel website, are making it a bit easier for adventurers to visit PNG’s untamed rain forests—home to threatened tree kangaroos and Queen Alexandra’s birdwing, the largest butterfly in the world—volcanic fjords, and vibrant coral reefs.

Source: Tufi Resort
Source: Tufi Resort

And great to see our partner Tufi Resort getting a well deserved mention too:

“At Tufi Resort, new sea kayaking expeditions make it possible to paddle between out-of-the-way villages and stay overnight in local guesthouses.

And of course, our other travel partner Walindi Resort made the special mention too:

“…Walindi Resort’s 2017 programs include live-aboard dive trips to the outlying Witu Islands and Father’s Reef, both packed with whirling schools of brightly colored big fish. —MKD

Well done to everyone involved in promoting Papua New Guinea as an unique tourist destination.