Papua New Guinea has been developing surf tourism for the past 25+ years but it is only recently that their slow, sustainable & progressive tactics have received some much deserved acclaim. Last month, Teton Gravity Research, one of the world’s leading action sports brands, named PNG’s surf tourism industry as the most progressive surf tourism industry in the world…. and we can’t help but agree.
In fact, surfing is one of the fastest growing action sports in the world and new waves are becoming more difficult to discover as surfers travel to the ends of the Earth in search of perfect, empty a-frames. One place that the average consumer of surf media rarely hears about is Papua New Guinea. This culturally rich and undeveloped country has and will have preserved and controlled surf tourism for generations to come because of their progressive surf management plan.
The plan essentially keeps track of how many people visit local areas, puts resources back into the local communities, and gives these communities control over tourism in their area. Hopefully, the plan will influence other countries to act and put plans together to preserve their amazing beaches for future generations.
SOURCE: Teton Gravity Research