Paradise Magazine – Air Niugini

From the editor’s desk: Paradise January 2023

From the editor’s desk: Paradise January 2023

An extraordinary journey to Bougainville to experience the Siwali Cultural Show and a celebration of Papua New Guinea’s ingenuity are featured in the latest issue of Paradise.

It’s not often that you are welcomed by a President, but that’s what happened recently when a group of tourists visited Bougainville.

Not only were they greeted by the President of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, but they were also the first foreigners to see the Siwali Cultural Show.

Toroama sees tourism as important for Bougainville’s economic development and under his watch Bougainville is well and truly putting out the welcome mat for tourists.

‘Tourism has the potential to provide much needed revenue for Bougainville while promoting Bougainville’s cultural heritage,’ he says.

You can read about this extraordinary journey to Bougainville in the January–March issue of Paradise. With the world travelling again after years of COVID-19 lockdowns, we also visit a relaxed surf retreat in Vanimo, and a country club on the fringes of Port Moresby that provides an ideal weekend escape.

Our writers review hotels in Port Moresby and Singapore, and we nominate three hotels – in PNG, Fiji and Australia – that have some of the best views imaginable.

Hong Kong is a perennially pulsating city, and, despite COVID-19, there are new and exciting developments. We provide a comprehensive update on the new hotels, restaurant, bars, and attractions that have sprung up in the last two years.

The annual Paradise almanac provides further inspiration for travel in 2023 with a range of events across the region, including a rugby tournament, rodeo and food festival.

Meanwhile, great things are happening in the PNG manufacturing sector, and our ‘Made in PNG’ special feature celebrates PNG ingenuity. The feature includes reports on smallholder businesses, creative minds working in the fields of fashion and technology, and the bigger companies such as Paradise Foods and Trukai Industries that have become household names.

Happy flying & reading,

Robert Upe

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