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Thursday, January 9, 2014

PNG Welcomes Sustainable Growth in Tourism

On the beautiful and welcoming island of Papua New Guinea, increased interest from both tourism and the commercial sector has created a demand for additional accommodation and in some cases prompted renovation.

Port Moresby, the capital which already boasts the stylish, award winning five star Airways Hotel and the relaxed and comfortable, Gateway Hotel, can now also offer the prestigious Crowne Plaza. This newly opened hotel has magnificent panoramic views of the Coral Sea from its vantage point on Tugubaga Hill; a fifteen minute drive from the airport.

Another addition in the capital is The Holiday Inn & Suites, set in 5 hectares of landscaped gardens and close to the Royal Port Moresby Golf Course. Accommodation totals 240 rooms including standard and premium rooms, executive suites, one and two bedroom apartments and 86 self contained apartments. Facilities include a gym, squash courts and an outdoor swimming pool.

If time is not on ‘your side’ Loloata Island Resort is only 30 minutes drive from the Capital. The island resort offers superb diving and snorkelling on the surrounding reef and has a reputation for ‘away from it all’ conferences, seminars and training courses. It is the perfect jumping off point for trekkers about to embark on a Kokoda Trail expedition.

Trans Niugini Tours recently announced that construction of their newest Lodge at Lake Murray is almost complete and they will be soon accepting bookings for 2014. Nestled amongst the trees on Boboa Island, the Lodge has 12 double rooms overlooking the lake. The main lodge, with a wrap around veranda and lake views on three sides will house a dining room, bar, lounge and reception area. The location is ideal for Birding and Fishing, Lake Murray is known for its Black Bass and Barramundi, but note that the sporting fish is catch and release. Lake Murray Lodge can also be combined with the other wilderness lodges Ambua, Karawari, Sepik Spirit, Rondon Ridge, Bensbach Wildlife and Malolo Plantation Lodge.

At Tufi Resort five new rooms will be completed this month as well as certain renovations to the exisiting rooms. The runway is being layered with a corneous that allows better all-weather access. The primary dive and excursion vessel is being up-graded with added horse-power and a small seawall is under construction which will fit in with the existing jetties. Sea kayaking tours are being developed in conjunction with the already very popular village stays. Airlines PNG, who fly into Tufi, have now changed their luggage restrictions to mirror the visitors international flights.

Walandi Plantation Resort on the shores of Kimbe Bay has revamped their Plantation Houses which offer very comfortable stylish individual accommodation with terraces overlooking the beautifully planted gardens.

Visit www.papuanewguinea.travel For further press information contact Judy Feller judy@pngtourism.org.uk

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