Geotourism in PNG
Geotourism being a niche tourism product has emerged as a global sustainable development and conservation approach to promote sustainable tourism. Known as the tourism of geology and landscape, the initiative is to promote the rich geological heritage of PNG through an initial collaborative agreement between the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) and the Mineral Resources Authority’s Geological Survey Division (MRA-GSD).
The first geotourism case study, situated at PNG's southernmost coastal village of Boera, is a collaborative pilot project. With Boera’s geological link to the Australian continental craton, its striking landscapes of gentle rolling hills, exquisite white sandy beaches with dynamic rock successions and distinctive fossil assemblages, this region is an ideal location where geological phenomenon can be promoted and explored. With cruise tourism being at the forefront of global sustainable tourism, Boera presents the ideal opportunity for geotourism linking Australia and PNG including its vivid history and unique cultural experience for visitors’ engagement while maximizing local economic benefits for communities.