In brief: ExxonMobil reported to be second bidder for InterOil, and other business stories

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ExxonMobil reportedly behind rival bid to Oil Search for InterOil, claims Momis may sue Rio Tinto for Panguna damages and cruise liner tourism could see 5-fold growth by 2017. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Papua New Guinea tourism receives some attention

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Several new developments – the creation of a tourism hub at Kokopo (and new direct international flights to service it) and the start of cruise liners visiting remote Milne Bay – indicate progress is being made to develop Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry.

Carnival and AusAID partner to deliver benefits from Melanesian cruise tourism

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The luxury cruise line Carnival Australia has signed a three-year deal with AusAID to boost local business tourism opportunities in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.