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Top 5 Reasons – Papua New Guinea 2019 Visitor Arrivals

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority has recently released the 2019 Arrivals figures.  One of the most important considerations other than the number of arrivals is the reason for their visit.  We have obtained

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority has recently released the 2019 Arrivals figures.  One of the most important considerations other than the number of arrivals is the reason for their visit.  We have obtained these details and set out below in their order of rankings.

 

The total arrivals for 2019 is 210,980.  Let’s see the main reasons of their visit to Papua New Guinea.

Reason # 1 – Employment

Employment tops the list with a figure of 64,494 – about 30.5% of the total arrivals and a healthy 35% increase from the previous year.

 

Unsurprisingly, Australians contributed the highest to arrive here with a figure of 21,885 – approximately 34% of the total of arrivals for employment reasons.  On second place and equally unsurprising is the Philippines with 12,168 followed by China at 8,463, India 2,982 and not far behind is New Zealand with 2,695.

Reason # 2 – Holiday (Cruise)

This isn’t surprising as well although most of the arrivals are outside the capital city of Port Moresby, mainly in the holiday destinations like Alotau and the New Guinea Irelands.  The total arrivals for holiday (cruise) is 51,417 a decrease of 6% from the previous year.

 

Australia once again tops the list with an arrivals by cruise number for holiday reasons at a staggering 36,864 – making up 71% of the arrivals under this head.  Coming in second spot is USA with 2,831.  On third spot is Philippines at 2,197 followed by New Zealand at 2,038.

Reason # 3 – Business

Employment tops the list with a figure of 64,494 – about 30.5% of the total arrivals and a slight increase of 4% from the year before.  Again, it’s Australia leading this list with 23,047 arrivals, followed by China with 3334, then New Zealand at 2,781 and Malaysia at 2,266.

Reason # 4 – Holiday (Air)

This is an important sector for holiday tourism and its pleasing to see the total arrivals at 25,199 a respectable increase of 12% from the previous year.  Of this number of arrivals, Australians contributed 11,701 to take the lead.  A distant behind is China with 1,812 and not far from the Chinese is USA with 1,768.

 

It’s possible that many of the Australians travel here for adventure tourism, particularly, the famous Kokoda track and the scuba diving and fishing activities Papua New Guinea renown for.

Reason # 5 – VFR

Visiting Friends and Relatives has always been in the top 5 category and this year, the total arrivals figure for this sector was 25,199 about 11% of the total number of arrivals.  It’s not a large amount and could possibly be higher, particularly, those coming from Australia (6,114) but again costs of travelling to Papua New Guinea remains expensive.  Philippines is slotted at second spot with 913, followed by Oceania on 777 and on fourth is USA at 531.

Below are the remaining reasons and their numbers:

6. Other – 5,018 :  A decrease of 3% from the previous year.

 

7. MICE – 3,818 : A decrease of 40% from 2018.

 

8. Education – 1,569 : An increase of 27% from 2018.

 

9. Sports – 1,170 : A significant decrease of 38%.

 

 

 

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