130716ARAWA TRAVELLERS IN OPENED
By Aloysius Laukai in Arawa.
With the promotion of Tourism sites around Bougainville by the National Minister for Tourism, the Lynchar Group of Companies has done it again by opening its 16 room fully air-conditioned facility at the Back of its Lynchar Supermarket.
The opening ceremony was attended last night by the local chiefs,Leaders, Businessmen alike and the friends and families of Lynchar Group of Companies.
Speakers at the Ceremony included Land owners, who wanted similar setups by Bougainvilleans to set up in Arawa.
Businessman, ISHMAEL TOROAMA whilst congratulating the owners of the Company said that his fighters fought for the people of Bougainville and would continue to support Bougainvilleans who want to venture into business on the next level.
Former UN rep in Arawa and chief PETER SIUNAI said that he was one who supported the restart of business in Arawa and is also happy to reflect on the changes that has taken place since those days.
The member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communications, JIMMY MIRINGTORO who officiated at the ceremony called on landowners to unlock land in Arawa to Bougainvillean entrepreneurs instead of outsiders who have no interest in supporting Bougainville's recovery.
Minister Miringtoro said Bougainville should be developed by Bougainvilleans and also called on the ABG to tighten the RESERVED LIST of Businesses that must be operated by Bougainvilleans.
090516 CRUISE INVESTIGATION
By Tom Kathoa
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is certainly to benefit from the many untapped tourism products throughout the region.
This has been highlighted by the Director of Tourism Office, Mr Lawrence Belleh when announcing the arrival of a helicopter to survey potential seaports where cruise ships can land.
Nissan has been chosen to be the first place to visit according to Lawrence Belle of Tourism Office.
Meanwhile, people are asked to support the tourism industry by building accommodation and clearing sites and preparing products for sale to visitors.
080315 AMERICAN TOURISTS LIKE PORORAN RECEPTION
By Aloysius Laukai
More than 50 American Tourists visited PORORAN island in North Bougainville aboard the Tourist vessel OCEANIC DISCOVERER yesterday.
This was the first time for a Tourist boat to visit the island which is on the North West Coast of Buka island and surrounded by other smaller islands.
Since the end of the conflict Tourist boats have been visiting Bougainville since 2009 and the number of vessels have increased.
The Oceanic Discoverer berthed just off the main Pororan island and tourists had to get on a smaller ferry to take them about five minutes boat ride to the island where the whole village including those from nearby YAPARU and YITOU villages were waiting with displays of both sea shells, artifacts and dancing and singing.
Tour Organizer LAWRENCE BELLEH was very happy that his people had done well to welcome the visitors and this included ground preparation to prepare the village for the visitors.
MR. BELLEH said that he was satisfied that the people of Pororan had created history by getting a tourist boat to their island and that the team leader on the vessel had promised that PORORAN would be included As one of their destinations in the future.
According to the visitors who were Americans this was their first time in the South Pacific and that they really enjoyed coming to Bougainville.
The Oceanic Explorer arrived at Pororan island just after 11 am yesterday and left Pororan after 9pm last night which is also one of the longest visits by a Tourist boat to Bougainville so far.
Other Boats that have visited Bougainville are Clipper Odyssey and the Orion.
A TV Crew from the PNG TV Station EMTV flew in from Port Moresby to cover the visit.
Pictured in the boat near Pororan
090914TUIRUMA FESTIVAL DATES MOVED
BY JENNIFER NKUI
Tuiruma festival chairman Joe Maineke has revealed to New Dawn Fm yesterday that the dates for the Tuiruma festival to be held in Buin, South Bougainville have been moved to October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
He said the dates for the festival have to be moved because of the lack of funding as funding was not received on time.
He added that after consultations with the chairmen’s’ of the COE’s, they moved the dates as it will also allow for the ABG president Chief Dr. John Momis and his office to be present for the duration of the festival.
Mr. Maineke wants to assure the cultural groups that the festival will now take place on the set dates as he has already received counter funding of K150, 000 from the office of culture and tourism with help from the president’s office which is much appreciated.
He is asking all cultural groups in South Bougainville, especially in Buin, Siwai, Bana and Torokina, and North and Central Bougainville to prepare properly for the festival.
He said this festival is one of the main events in our region and it is very important that we celebrate it with our cultural values.
He appealed to all cultural groups who will be participating in the festival to come with their good culture and to perform in our cultural value.
Mr. Maineke wants original culture meaning traditional costumes to be showcased during the festival saying if a group is not properly attired traditionally, the group will not be allowed to perform because you will downgrade our culture.
A total of 25 cultural groups will be taking part in the Tuiruma festival in Buin and from the 25 groups, 20 groups will come from each districts in South Bougainville while the other 5 groups will come from North and Central Bougainville.
130814NUMBER OF CULTURAL GROUPS FOR MONA FESTIVAL REDUCED
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The number of cultural groups to perform for the Bougainville Mona Festival has been reduced to twenty-five for this year.
Only twenty-five cultural groups will be allowed to perform during the Bougainville Mona festival due to lack of funds and funding.
This was revealed to New Dawn Fm by the chief executive officer for tourism in Bougainville Lawrence Belleh.
He said spaces are limited so cultural groups who want to perform must got to the tourism office and register their group.
He added that the registration fee is K50 and his office will take in the cultural groups who registered first in the top 25.
Mr. Belleh said first come will be first served so he advised the cultural groups to start registering their groups now.