It’s an unfortunate fact that Manus Island north of Papua New Guinea has a horrible reputation defined by an exceptionally controversial offshore detention centre for refugees.

Commissioned and paid for by the Australian Government, four asylum seekers have died while there’s been endless negative news stories based around alleged abuse of human rights.

But the island itself is, according to reports, a tropical paradise, part of the remote Admiralty Islands group, with fantastic beaches, diving and surfing.

Now that the detention centre is being wound down the PNG Government wants to develop a tourism plan to diversifying the local, and very limited economy.

An interesting challenge to say the least.

See ABC report.  

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