Senior lecturer of the school of tourism, hospitality and management Hellen Gimbo uttered the statement in an interview.
Mrs Gimbo said PNG have massive unrenewable resources such as gold, cooper and the liquefied natural gas but it will run out in the future.
“But tourism is here to stay and is an alternative source of revenue earner for PNG in the future”
Speaking to the Solomon star, PNG students graduated with tourism hospitality management from Divine Word University now they are working in tourism industry as hotel managers and general managers in Papua New Guinea.
Local business people continue to established hotels and resorts, likewise the government is assisting on expanding infrastructure development in PNG.
She affirmed that courses offered in DWU were of international standards, that graduands can explore opportunities overseas and abroad.
Senior lecturer Gimbo said, the department was encouraging THM students after completing their studies to start their own tourism business.
“In fact starting your own business is a win win situation in which the nation will benefit and your business as well.”
She pointed out that Madang resort is one of the leading resorts in Papua New Guinea that accommodate international visitors and tourists. Hence it boost the local and national economy of PNG.
PNG government has strong political on tourism as their priority because it creates employment opportunities to engage the unfortunate ones in the rural areas and urban centres working.
Currently DWU enrolled students from Vanuatu, Bougainville and Solomon Islands studying various courses.
By ELLIOT DAWEA
Divine Word University