The 12th Liklik Diwai Tourism Expo
By Theodore Baworo
The Liklik Diwai Tourism Expo first started as a Tourism Symposium in 2007 initiated by former lecturer of the Tourism & Hospitality Management department, Dr. Joyce Jazmin Rayel, who at that time was the lecturer for the unit TH415 Events Management course for the pioneering, final year degree students.
The Symposium invited one of the key industry players, Mr. Andrew Abel, the Founder and the President of Papua New Guinea Surfers Association (SAPNG) as part of the invited guest speakers among others. It was during that year when I first entered Divine Word University as an undergraduate student within the Tourism & Hospitality department with DWU as the only university offering full degree tourism program at that time.
Then in 2008, a former senior executive of PNGTPA and the then Executive Director of Madang Visitors’ & Cultural Bureau Ms. Erigere Singin took over the event giving more practical exposure to the next lot of fourth year students. As a practitioner, Ms. Singin together with her students changed the idea of symposium to an exposition branding it as Liklik Diwai Turism Expo in Tok Pisin language.