Monday, July 02, 2012

Goroka Show gets K20,000 boost


THE popular Goroka Show, PNG’s biggest tourist-pulling event, will get even bigger and better this year, according to Eastern Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association (EHFSA) president Wilson Thompson.
He said this last Thursday during the presentation of K20,000 from Bank South Pacific to Eastern Highlands Agriculture Society for the 2012 Goroka Show.
BSP Goroka branch manager Ruben Elizah and rural banking regional manager Joe Waim handed over the money to EHFSA and show executives.
Thompson (left) receives the K20,000 from Elizah as Goroka Show chairman Gideon Samuel looks on.-Picture by THOMAS SOLEPA

Elizah said BSP was committed to community activities such as the show, and construction of a mess as Mesauka Secondary School, while Waim said rural branches and small business facilities would be opened in Okapa, Aiyura and Yonki,
“All accommodation have already been booked out by tourists and others are even booking for 2013,” Thompson said.
“I challenge Tourism Promotion Authority and National Cultural Commission to also assist in this premier event.
“We will soon be asking them to remove Goroka Show from their brochures and publications as we have not had any support from them, apart from the Institute of PNG Studies.”
Thompson said the first day of the show would be committed to agriculture and rural development, hence, it was fitting that BSP was now placing more emphasis on rural banking and financial services.
Goroka Show chairman Gideon Samuel said National Gaming Control Board had sponsorship rights for the show, with BSP being the second major sponsor.

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