24 Oct 2008

PNG tourism body says kina's strength won't affect Australian arrivals

4:15 pm on 24 October 2008

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority says the strong rate of the kina against the Australian dollar won't affect Australian tourist numbers into PNG.

The Post Courier reports the Authority as saying if there is a drop in tourist numbers, it will be from the European or the United States sectors.

Its chief executive, Peter Vincent, says is is too early to say there will would be any direct impact on the tourist numbers as a result of the current world financial crisis.

He says because of the crisis, a lot of people may want to travel within the region or within Australia.

Mr Vincent says if there is any is any impact, it will most likely be in 2009, and from long-haul destinations like Europe or the US.

Last year, the number of Australians visiting PNG increased from just over 40,000 to more than 54,000 a year earlier.