23 Mar 2012

PNG Prime Minister admits tourism industry facing law and order issues

11:16 am on 23 March 2012

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister says the tourism industry is facing problems with law and order.

The National newspaper reports the government is increasing national and internal security by recruiting more policemen in troubled towns.

The paper says the government has also suggested alternative locations for international visitors to stop, instead of landing in the troubled spots.

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill says a number of expatriate hotel managers in the country have been summoned to the Department of Immigration over alleged racist and discriminatory behaviour.

Mr O'Neill also told parliament that the government, through the Tourism Promotion Authority, is trying to encourage tourism as it is lacking financial assistance.