From detention to holiday destination — now Australia is helping turn Manus Island into a tourism hub

A person stands in the water at Manus Island.The Australian Government is helping develop a tourism industry on the Papua New Guinean island it detained asylum seekers on.

It is funding a study via aid contractor Abt Associates to review the tourism industry on Manus Island, “identifying its various strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for growth”.

The six-month adviser role is worth up to $146,000, plus allowances.

There are still about 600 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, where four asylum seekers have died and a further two contracted fatal illnesses and subsequently died in Australia.

A number of asylum seekers have also been the victims of violent assaults, including by PNG police and PNG Defence Force personnel stationed on Manus.

via From detention to holiday destination — now Australia is helping turn Manus Island into a tourism hub – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)