As part of our 35th Anniversary Celebrations, PNG Air recently ran a Write and Win Essay Competition for students in Grades 9 to 12.
The competition saw numerous entries from students all over the country, who told us in 1,000 words or less ‘‘Now that International Travel is on the rebound, which province would you like Tourists to visit in PNG and why?’.
The competition sought to showcase the many destinations we fly to in Papua New Guinea and encourage domestic tourism post covid-19.
We are pleased to announce Grade 12 Social Science student, Heather Leeman from Sogeri National School of Excellence, as the winner. Congratulations!
Heather, from Enga and Southern Highlands Province, wrote her piece on Enga, and why it is a must-visit place for Tourists.
“The people of Enga are so kind and welcoming. They not only greet people and visitors by saying good morning (Yongam oh), good afternoon (Alemandio), shake hands and give a hug, they will also go to their gardens and bring sugar cane and other garden foods as a way of welcoming a visitor into their community”, Heather writes in her essay.
‘With all the negative press about Enga, I wanted to show Enga in a more positive light, and so that is what drove me to enter and write this essay’, she says at the prize presentation.
Heather received return tickets for 5 people anywhere on the PNG Air network, and two brand new laptop PC’s for her school to assist in learning. Her piece will be published in PNG Air’s In-flight Magazine, as well as on PNG Air social media.
She was joined by her family and the Deputy Principal Administration of Sogeri National School of Excellence, Mr. Norman Yangen. ‘We are very proud of Heather, who recently completed her Grade 12 exams and we wish her all the best’, he says. ‘We would also like to give her one of these new laptops, to assist her in the start of her tertiary education next year’.
PNG Air Commercial Operations Manager, Thomas Johns in congratulating the winner, also acknowledged all the entries into the competition, and encouraged students to share their provinces as must-see destinations for tourism.
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