March 31, 2009

Eco Tourism in Papua New Guinea

The word "Eco Tourism" is often used as commercial advertisement, political propaganda, community meeting agenda, etc... Yet many people don't really understand what it really is.
If you ask "what is Eco-Tourism ?" in Papua New Guinea, some people may say "it is a 5-star hotel !", while some say "no, it is guest house." , or "we hear the word every 5 years (at the election campaign) but never seen the real ones..............

If definition of Eco Tourism is something like this - a small scale sustainable tourism which enhances the conservation of natural environment, preservation of indigenous culture, beneficial to the local community and educational to the visitors, what Papua New Guinea offers at this moment is all Eco Tourism as it is.

There is no well-established Museum or Zoo in Papua New Guinea, but if you would like to visit a living culture, un-spoilt natural environment, we have them all here, existing well before the word "Eco-Tourism" was created.

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