Published on 12th November 2013
A new website developed with help from VSA volunteer Tom Brosnan will make it easier for adventurous travellers to plan a trip to Bougainville.
The website, www.bougainville.travel, was launched at a ceremony at the Bougainville Library in Arawa on Monday November 11.
The site is the official tourism hub for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and features the many unique tourism products, such as tours, experiences and accommodation, that Bougainville has to offer the adventurous traveller.
Bougainville.travel is a joint project initiated by the Tourism Office of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Central Bougainville Tourism Association, and VSA.
Tom says the need for a new and improved Bougainville.travel website was recognised when the old Bougainville tourism website became outdated, and updates were not possible. A workshop was then held in Arawa, Central Bougainville, earlier this year to involve local stakeholders in planning the new website.
“The workshop helped identify the types of tourism activities currently available in Bougainville, the potential markets for them, and the importance of having an online presence to promote tourism.”
Tom says Bougainville.travel is a vast improvement on the previous website. It uses a simple content management system, which means non-technical users will be able to easily update and modify the content, and add new content.
He says Bougainville has massive potential as a tourism destination and the website will be a good tool for harnessing that – particularly following the recent international release of the movie Mr Pip, which was shot in Pidia village and stars Bougainville teenager Xzannjah Matsi in one of the lead roles.
“Bougainville looks stunning in the movie. It’s a beautiful and rugged island with huge potential for tourism, and people who’re keen to find out more will be able to check out Bougainville.travel to plan a trip here.”