APEC to boost tourism: Tamur

By MEMO HAUKE

TOURISM will benefit enormously into an ideal publicity and promotion of PNG as a tourist destination from the APEC 2018, says Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Emil Tamur.

He said this when meeting the Tourism Arts and Culture’s three sub sectors under the Ministry, Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), National Cultural Commission (NCC) and National Museum and Arts Gallery (NMAG) during the handover-takeover ceremony of the office from former minister Tobias Kulang.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for the trust and confidence he has placed on me,” he said.

“I know there are a lot of deserving leaders you chose the people of Kokopo to be the custodian of the Ministry of the Tourism Arts and Culture and for that I am humbled and thankful and I will give my best.

“I look forward to working with all the work and achievement of the government cultural objective and that of the Vision 2050 as they relate to Tourism Arts and Culture.

“Therefore we must contribute constructively and meaningfully towards our government preparations to delivering a successful APEC Summit 2018.”

He commended the departing minister Mr Kulang and said that he had a very short period of time yet worked effectively.

“I received a briefing from TPA, NCC and NMAG departmental heads prior before this event, however, I am still studying those briefs to appreciate the nature and content of the report,” he said.

“Therefore all matters related to the agencies will be discussed with all stakeholders especially the agencies heads. Discussion will be centred on renewing of policies operational manual and if any as the minister for arts and culture.

“I come from a private sector and as you all know, private sector is different from the public sector.

“In private sector we operate on time, whenever we want to start something we always are one step ahead before the deadline.

“I will be expecting you all to be excelling in your performance and be more productive and be result orientated and I want to see the government policies implemented rather than frustrated and stagnant.”

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