Papua New Guinea holiday, Tribes & Traditions

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Responsible tourism: Papua New Guinea holiday, Tribes & Traditions

Environment

Papua New Guinea is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.

All hotels are locally owned, run and in keeping with local builds. Importing food stuffs into Papua New Guinea can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant.

While out exploring, our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.

As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.

Community

By the very nature of life in Papua New Guinea all services are provided by local people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for Papua New Guinea and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.

All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.

When visiting any of the villages on the itinerary our local agents will pay them for their services, ie for performing the sing-sings, preparing food, acting as spirit guide on the hike up Mt Gurupoka and demonstrating their traditional crafts. If any of the village visits include lunch then the food is provided by our ground agents and the villagers then prepare it for our guests. Any excess food is not wasted, it is consumed by the villagers. Payment for the village experiences goes directly to the village elder or chief who manages the purchases for the village.

Our clients are encouraged to take appropriate gifts for the village children. This does not include sweets but things like crayons, drawing paper and books.

Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting Papua New Guinea is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. Papua New Guinean's are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways. This holiday helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other.

For every booking to Papua New Guinea we provide clients with a traditional, handmade bilum (string bag) on arrival. Not only is this is a practical gift for clients to use during their stay but each one has to be made specifically for our group so it is also providing the maker an extra source of income. Our clients also receive a small gift of a packet of Goroka coffee direct from the coffee factory we visit on the tour. Again this is a nice little treat for our clients but it also provides extra income to the coffee factory.

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