Boasting a lush evergreen tropical vegetation and rugged terrain, coupled with with the ever-present threat of two active volcanos and an extravagant culture of mysteries and taboos makes East New Britain Province (ENBP) a truly fascinating place to visit.
Daring visitors can take a tour of the war relics, barge tunnels and caverns on the road from Kokopo to Rabaul or visit the Duke of York Islands, 45 minutes from Kokopo by boat for scuba diving, snorkeling and picnic under the coconut trees overlooking aquamarine waters – or better still hit the highway to Inland Baining to watch the famous Baining Fire Dance.
Unlike its’ neighboring province, New Ireland, where PNG Dataco landed the Kumul Submarine Cable Network (KSCN) last week, ENBP gets more tourists every year and has been deemed to be the tourism center for PNG by the government of PNG.
However, those have been just talks according to Micheal Turkia of Tiratira Consultancy Services, an organization that runs tourism workshops in ENBP.
That is about to change with PNG Dataco landing the KSCN at Kokopo, ENBP yesterday.
The ENBP, known as the biggest producer of cocoa and coconut in the country recently added tourism as a major earner in the province.
This makes the KSCN landing in Kokopo, a truly significant milestone for ENBP and PNG Dataco and the country as a whole.
“Digital transformation is here to revolutionize PNG and PNG DataCo is at the forefront” PNG Dataco CEO, Mr Paul Komboi stated.
Like the neighboring New Ireland Province, the cable landing in Kokopo, will provide immense boost to the tourism industry as well as other relevant industries such as education, health, agribusiness and fisheries in the province and the country as a whole.