THE REASON OF A LOW TOURISTS INTEREST IN AN ATTRACTIVE HIGHLANDS REGION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA
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The author of this article traveled twice in The Highlands in Papua New Guinea, both individually as well as a tour leader of a tourist group. The region of Highlands has many tourist attractions unique in Oceania. There is a possibility to climb the highest peak in the country Mt. Wilhelm (4,509 m above sea level) and participate in the colorful folk shows called sing sings. A special attention is focused on distinctive clothing, ornaments and face make-up of some tribal people like Megiar, Kama, Huli and the so-called Mud Men. Despite the possibility to meet some relics of a primitive tribal culture, the number of foreign tourists is very limited. This article presents various reasons for such a situation. It seems that a small interest amongst tourists concerning The Highlands in some measure is due to the land isolation of that area. Unfortunately, such isolation significantly increases the cost of any tourist expedition. Moreover, an air journey to Papua New Guinea as well as the cost of accommodation are pretty far from low cost.
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