The Milne Bay Tourism Association is a non-profit industry organisation for representation and advocacy of tourism stakeholders that will complement the Milne Bay Tourism Bureau.
The Milne Bay Tourism Association (MBTA) was established on 8 April 2016 in an effort to unite the tourism industry and lobby local government to shape policies and create an environment that helps its members to network and be better informed, in order to contribute more effectively towards the development of the tourism industry in Milne Bay Province.
The founding executives include Mr. Jeff Abel (Masurina Lodge), Mr. Chris Galatis (formerly of Alotau International Hotel), Ms. Maxine Nadile (Egwalau Tours & Events), Ms. Rhona Conn (Milne Bay Organics), Ms. Vilia Lawrence (PNG Divers Association), and Mr. Armando Agusto (formerly of Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort).
The MBTA generates income from membership fees which are used solely for the purpose of the association’s administrative operations. Funding and sponsorship for specific projects are sourced externally as and when the need arises.
The MBTA is a non-profit industry association for representation and advocacy of tourism stakeholders that will complement the MBTB, which is a government agency, under the provincial tourism development model.
The MBTA was revitalized in August 2020 with the election of new executives and renewed partnerships with MBTB to drive the industry forward in a proactive and collaborative manner.