Aerial of WOrks Point and Residence
Kalibobo Spirit & Qing at Madang Resort Marina
Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort
NDA Dive Shop, Madang Resort
Grand Children Diving, Bagabag Island
Venetian Foundain, Madang Resort
CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL
Reef Explorer New Livery
National ALlicance Conference in Sana Room
Dallman Diver, Madang
Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village
Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village
Taka Yumaguchi, NDA Dive Instructor
Gov Jim Kas, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and myself at official opening of new Wonong Ab Wing at Madang Resort on 28th Sep, 2016
Tuesday 13th December, 2016-12-13
Almost another year has gone, as you get older the speed in which the years pass gets quicker and you begin to realise that perhaps if we all slowed down, maybe time would do likewise. Spending more than 50 years in PNG is more than a normal lifetime, few people have had the experience of being a resident, later a citizen of a developing country watching the transition, witness the amazing advances made and sadly some of the adverse effects attributable to perhaps a too fast a transition without the ability to absorb some of the effects which can affect the future.
I myself have been richly rewarded by this humbling experience, starting off as a volunteer mission pilot at Aitape, watching the dedicated work of Kiaps, Mission Workers bring services to the people in rural areas which would be amongst the most remote in the world. Flying commercially on a small but very effective airline that in its day was the backbone of transport throughout PNG then becoming engaged in the development of tourism which resulted in the opening up of the Sepik River, the Highlands, the Trobriand Islands, Islands in the Bismark Sea and of course Madang where we rebuilt the old Hotel Madang into the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village, two of the top rated resorts in the Pacific. We pioneered scuba diving in PNG and continue to operate first class diving in Madang and the Islands and continue to operate the Kalibobo Spirit on expeditionary charters along the Sepik and to Islands and coastal ports.
In my spare time, I gave 15 years of my life to being the Member, Governor of Madang Province as well as 10 years as a National Minister of the Government where I was engaged in Health, Provincial Affairs, Bougainville and at one time, for a short period was Acting Goveror General of PNG.
For 21 years I have been a Council Member of the Divine Word University which again saw the transition from being a High School to an Institute and finally one of PNG’s best known Universities. I remain a Council Member but in addition I have been appointed by the National Government as the Chair of the Western Pacific University being built at Ialibu in the Southern Highlands.
My family are all grown up, I hope the Grandchildren will one day take over the reigns of the Company in time to give me some time off to relax but as many people have said what would I do with myself if I was to retire – I would have a great deal of difficulty in resettling in Australia despite our commercial interests in hotels – regardless of the challenges in PNG it is by far the best place to be with the friends I have made and continue to support myself and the Company and it with this in mind I would like to than everyone and wish you all a very peaceful Christmas and Prosperous New Year!
MADANG RESORT & KALIBOBO VILLAGE
This year we have opened the 3030 Apartments at Kalibobo Village, a new main kitchen, complete new laundry, expanded marina, gymnasium and in October the upgraded Garden Wing and the new Wonong Ab Wing comprising of 24 de-luxe guest rooms and apartments tha were opened by the Prime Minister of PNG on 29th October.
In 2017 we will continue to expand and improve our facilities. We are planning an additional 8 new self contained units and the removal of one of the original cottages, in fact the oldest residence in Madang built just after WW2 for Burns Philp. We will commence major upgrading of bathrooms in the Waterfront Executive Rooms, refurbish the Sana Conference Centre in time for the 2018 APEC Conference where the Madang Resort has been selected to host many of the smaller meetings of up to 300 prior to the main meeting which will be held in Port Moresby.
NIUGINI DIVE ADVENTURES
Takahiro Yumagichi has joined the NDA Team as Japanese Instructor and he wil be joined in early 2017 with an additional Fijian Instructor to the PADI Dive Facility based at the Madang Resort.
The new Dallman Diver has arrived and is now in service. It is a fully equipped day professional dive boat that has a top speed of 30kts which enable day access to Bagabag and Kar Kar in just one hour. The Madang Reef Explorer has been refitted with new dive racks, ladder that can accommodate up to 12 divers or 20 passengers.
New Dive Packages are available in USD and can be downloaded from this and NDA Websites.
Our next cruise departs on December 27 to January 02 up the Sepik River – it is fully booked out with American, Australian and Japanese tourists. Other dates have been selected for diving at Bagabag and Sepik Cruises in 2017 and 2018. There is no better way to dive from the Kalibobo Spirit, or visit the Sepik River which remains one of the best attractions in the Pacific.
FOREIGN VESSELS VISIT MADANG
In my last Blog I wrote about the visit of the Qing, a 45m motoryacht we navigated for up the Sepik River. This vessel has since visited Bagabag, Witu (Garova), Rabaul, Solmonon Islands and Vunuata and last week arrived in Cairns. They voted PNG and the Sepik River their highlight of their cruise through Melanesia. I met with Cathryn & Gui Garcia in Cairns where they stayed at the Cairns Sheridan Hotel. The Pacific Eden visited Madang on Nov 21 during which time it rained all day limiting the expectation of the passengers – it is sad that so many people travel on these “mini mega ships” and tramp through the villages, it is not the way PNG should be projected and I feel they bring little benefit to the country and the people they visit, what really annoys me is the haggling over handicraft and carvings. We look forward to more visiting motoryachts and smaller expeditionary ships in 2017.
ANGLICAN CHURCH 60TH ANNIVERSARY
MTS arranged for the visits of the Bates Family to Madang. Charles Bates was aq District Commissioner, his wife, Roma Bates developed the Elizabeth Sowerby Orchid Gardens. Sadly the Orchid Park and Bates Oval has gone to ruin due to the mismanagement of the Administration and Local Government Council and in 2017 I will again make a move to restor both public parks and cotinue our work in maintaining Rotary Park and the FIsh Market which is lcoated on the road into the Resort. I will post some pictures that Pat Johnson (Roma Bates daughter) has sent to me following their visit in October.
CAROLS BY CANDLE LIGHT
On Dec 18 the Madang Resort and the Madang Rotary Club will again sponsor this event in Sugan Aben where in the past it has attracted thousands of children under a giant Christmas Tree, their choirs sing, groups perform plays and Santa makes a visit to hand out small gifts. Funds made go to various Rotary projects in Madang.
The Madang Resort will again host a Christmas Eve Dinner and a Traditional Christmas Day Lunch in the air conditioned Haus Kibung and over the new year, the Kalibobo Spirit will cruise the Sepik River from Jan 27-Jan 02 with some very special guests including Dame Carol Kidu.
Both the Cairns Sherian Hotel and Tropical Heritage Hotel are operating to near full capacity, this year saw a major increase in tourism in FNQ and this growth is expected to continue in the future. Both hotels will undergo routine maintenance over the off season ready to continue their high ratings on Trip Advisor thay have held consistently over the past few years.
In 2017 the new Aquarium will be opened just a block away from the Tropical Heritage Cairns and according to the media, some large tourist developments are due to take place in Cairns and FNQ.
MTS NEWSLETTER #4
Our 4th Quarter Newsletter has been published and distributed, a copy can be downloaded from this website. Our next Newsletter will be published on 1st February 2017.
If you would like more information about PNG and MTS Group of Companies do not hesitate to contact me or some of our cable staff, we look forward to being of service in 2017
Best wishes for Christmas and 2017
Sir Peter Barter
MTS PNG Welcomes Visitors Aboard the Pacific Aria
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Expeditions - Kalibobo Spirit
The luxurious "Kalibobo Spirit" motor yacht is available for charter in the coastal waters and rivers of Papua New Guinea.
This vessel provides the ultimate way of visiting some of the most remote regions of the the Sepik River and Papua New Guinea all in the comfort of this luxurious vessel.
T: +675 4241 400 T: +675 4222766, F: +675 4223543, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Madang Resort (formerly Hotel Madang) remains PNG's most popular tourist resort and conference centre offering 180 guest suites with facilities that include PADI dive shop, Gift Shop, Art Gallery, Hair Salon, Business Centre, Tour Office, 3 restaurants, 4 pools, Gymnasium, 2 lagoons, a marina, PADI Dive Facility, Game Fishing and much more.
The Resort offers free use of Kayaks. sailing boats, bikes, tennis and Golf equipment and is now offering complimentary breakfasts in the Janek Aben Restaurant - enquire now for conditions.
The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung and new Haus Win Restaurant was officially opened on 10th June 2013, both are fully operational and have proved to be very popular.
Located along the shore of the Madang Harbour & Yamilon Lagoon in 15 acres of landscaped gardens.
T: +675 422 2655 T: +675 4241 400 F: +675 422 3325 E: email@example.com E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalibobo Village Resort - Madang
Kalibobo Village was completed in 2007 and provides 60 deluxe rooms and villas, plus 10 cottages set along the Dallman Passage and entrance to the beautiful Madang Harbour overlooking Krankget Island. Facilities include a swimming pool, lagoon, tennis court as well as facilities provided at the adjacent Madang Resort.
NEW! Apartments for Short & Long Term Rental
T: +675 422 2655 T: +675 4241 400 F: +675 422 3325
Niugini Dive Adventures
Niugini Diving Adventures, (NDA) is based at the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village but in addition provides dive instruction and excursions aboard the Kalibobo Spirit. It is a PADI dive facility. In addition to scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing trips are available.
Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour
For bookings, email email@example.com
Niugini Dive Adventures operates the Aqua Venture and Sau Dazas. Game fishing boats that can provide light and big game fishing in waters of the Bismarck Sea.
T: +675 422 2766 F: +675 422 3543 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
MTS provide a complete touring service throughout the Highlands and Papua New Guinea. Bookings can be made to visit Western, Southern and Eastern Highlands, Simbu & Enga plus the islands provinces of East and West New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and Milne Bay.
The Heritage Cairns has just been announced by Trip Advisor as the Travellers Choice for 2012. This prestigous award is attributable to the committment by MTS to provide a true PNG hospitality,. The Tropical Heritage Hotel has one certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor for 2012, 2013 & 2014 and is rated as #7 in 68 hotels in Cairns. It does not profess to be a 5 star hotel, it is rated as 3.5 stars and is considered to be the best, most affordable hotel in the CBD of Cairns City.
Rosemary has retired and touring Australia in a Caravan, James Munro has taken over as Manager assisted by Cynthia Bubner and the fantasic staff. They all look forward to welcoming you in 2015
In addition to the 2012 Travellers Choice Award, Trip Advisor have presented the Certificate of Excellence to Cairns Heritage for 2012, 2013, 2014 and just announced Winner of the Excellence Award for 2015 by Trip Advisor - Congratulations!.
8 Minnie Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870
Full costs available on Web, plus special offers
Lukim yu Bihain!
Cairns Sheridan Hotel & Conference Centre is also known as Cairns Airport Hotel is situated only 2-3km from Cairns Central shopping centre and Cairns Airport. From the hotel it’s a short walk to the Botanical Gardens, Whitfield Range bush tracks and the Cairns Esplanade. The Palms Restaurant provides excellent cruisine and a friendly environment.