12 May 2008

Tourism industry veteran in PNG says visitor accommodation needs to be classified

7:28 pm on 12 May 2008

A veteran of the tourism industry in Papua New Guinea wants the establishment of a classification system for hotels and motels to ensure visitors know what they are buying.

Sir Peter Barter, a former Cabinet Minister who owns the Madang Resort, says the lack of this sort of scrutiny is one of the factors holding back the industry.

He says visitors arrive expecting certain levels of service but often don't get it.

Sir Peter says standards need to be established and he suggests the Government could take the lead.

"There has to be some sort of authoritative system so that they can be judged and the standards that are set can be expected. And the only way to do that is by having an independent organisation do it. Whether it is done by the Government or an outside organisation, but I think the Tourist Promotion Authority would be the obvious people to do this."