Port Moresby and the entire country is safe as a tourism destination, according to an Australian cave rescuer who became famous after the successful Thai cave rescue mission last year.
He made this comment after a brief day walk along the historic Kokoda Track; and was also in PNG in 2003 for a diving adventure in East New Britain.
Dr. Richard Harris was named as the joint winner of the *Australian of the Year 2019* for his role in aiding to rescue 12 players of Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai this year.
He shared the award with Dr Craig Challen who also played a pivotal role in the rescue.
The duo are in town to inspire the citizens and youth to become heroes like them, as well as experience the amazing features Port Moresby and the entire country has to offer.
The pair were named Australian of the Year joint winners by their Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“This is my second time in PNG. I have a friend living in East New Britain so I came here and visited him in 2003. I have seen that very beautiful part of the country. This country has the natural wonders of the world. It is unique around the world. It is such a huge opportunity for tourism,” he told City Sivarai this morning during the weekly Walk and Yoga for Life program.
They joined Governor Powes Parkop and thousands of city residents at the weekly Walk and Yoga for Life as part of their tour to experience PNG whilst using their fame to inspire the citizens.
He said he would use his fame to spread the message to fellow Australians that PNG can be a safe place for travel.
“We need to spread the message to fellow Australians that this can be a safe place for travel. Let us just stop negative thoughts about PNG. Part of it has been self-perpetuating when more people are afraid and more security precautions are being taken. PNG should promote its rainforests and the Bird of Paradise. The people of Australia love the bushes and beautiful animals. We would love to promote PNG and Port Moresby as a safe tourist destination to Australians”, he said ending the interview.