Morobe Tourism Bureau was first established in 1998 to overlook the tourism activities in the Morobe Province. The bureau was functional for 11 years until it was officially closed for operations in 2011 due to lack of funding or supports from the Morobe Provincial Government.
The first chairman of MTB was Bill Guile, then manager of the Lae International Hotel. He was succeeded by Peter Clarke from the Rainforest Habitat. Late Muttu Gware then took on the reins until he passed away in 2007, then chairman Fred Cook took on the role.
In 2017, the idea to revive tourism in the province was proposed and in February 2018, it was officially registered with Investment Promotion Authority as an Association of Incorporation with the name Morobe Tourism Development Bureau Inc.
The bureau is currently chaired by Mr Namon Wanamson with 4 other members who are supporting this move to revive the bureau to promote tourism in the province.
Morobe Tourism Development Bureau was re-established with the aim to revive and promote tourism in the Province.
In the absence of a Morobe Provincial Government enacted Provincial Tourism Act, to support any Tourism Activities in the Province, the Morobe Tourism Bureau Incorporated (BTBI) was established outside of the formal Provincial Legislative framework under the Papua New Guinea Associations Incorporation Act, with the support of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. On September, the an agreement was signed between Morobe Government, Tourism & Culture Ministry, AND the Tourism Promotion Authority.
The Association was registered on February 3, 2018, as an umbrella organization to coordinate and manage the Tourism Activities in the Morobe Province which has been lacking since the closure of the former Morobe Tourism Bureau operated under the Lae Chamber of Commerce more than 15 years ago.