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Melanesian Newsletter issue#15
Thursday Jun 18 2020
Well 2020 has had many surprises, not least is the devastating COVID-19 which has all but destroyed international tourism along with many airlines, hotels and other tourist facilities.
Whilst PNG has been spared, we continue all the normal precautions to spreading the virus, to date only 8 cases have been positive and no deaths recorded and we pray PNG will remain COVID-10 free.
Since Feb, we have been in lock down, domestic air, road and sea travel has been restricted. The lock down has been lifted this week, but international travel is very restricted into PNG and the border between Indonesia, Australia and Solomon Island will remain closed for some time.
The Kalibobo Spirit was booked out in 2020 with scheduled and charter expeditionary cruises to the Sepik River, all but a few charters towards the end of 2020 appear likely to operate, this will be dependent on international flights being restored.
The good news is that to date, PNG has been spared, the bad news is that it has resulted in masses of staff being laid off throughout PNG and many companies being forced to close for good. Many of our staff have been laid off, others have taken early retirement and when the SOE is lifted, we hope that many will re-join us again and take up their previous positions.
The Madang Resort & Kalibobo Village occupancy has been steadily being increase. Niugini Dive Adventures has retained our two top dive instructors and is in full operation albeit very few divers so they are helping out in other areas of the Resort.
Both hotels in PNG are offering 50% Discount on Rack Rates which is conditional upon spending a minimum of 3 nights. This offer will expire on Jul 31 and may be extended until Aug 31 depending on availability.
Miss PNG Pageant
Miss Madang Resort contestant is Dominica Wuyeyelo, a student at DWU doing a degree in tourism and hospitality.
Miss Niugini Dive Adventures contestant is Macaheleena Mackenzie, also a student at DWU in her final year.
The Miss Madang Pageant will take place at the Madang Resort on Jul 24 and 25 and the MC will be Leoshina Mercy Kariha the former Miss Madang Resort, then Miss PNG and went on to win Miss Pacific Islands in 2018. The guest of honour will be the Grand Chief, Rt Hon. Sir Michael Somare, the founding Prime Minister of PNG since retired who said he is looking forward to his visit to Madang.
All funds raised will be used to rebuild the Blood Bank at Modilon Hospital, a project undertaken by the Madang Rotary Club.
Our two hotels in Cairns have not escaped the COVID-19 Pandemic, both have continued to remain open, the occupancy levels have been alarmingly low but thanks to the Australian Government, wages for the staff have been refunded which will last up until September, a great relied by our hardworking staff and management.
The Cairns Sheridan is in the final stages of proceeding with a major refurbishment. The Tropical Heritage has already undergone refurbishment and now waiting domestic flights to be restored which should be a boost to tourism in Far North Queensland.
Both the Cairns Sheridan Hotel and the Tropical Heritage Hotel are offering 1, 2 FREE – guests who book for 2 nights, get the third night free of charge. This offer remains intact until Aug 31 2020.
The offer is getting Australians to travel domestically and restore occupancy at both hotels.
Sir Peter Barter, Phd. (hon), GCL, OBE, Kt
Madang Resort | Kalibobo Village | Niugini Dive Adventures | Niugini Discovery 4x4 Tours | Cairns Sheridan Hotel | Tropical Heritage Hotel | Melanesian Foundation
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 Sepik River and Papua New Guinea all in the comfort of this luxurious vessel.
T: +675 4222655 T: +675 422 2766, 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: +675 422 2766 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: +675 422 2766 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.