PNG CUSTOMS CONFERENCE

PNG CUSTOMS CONFERENCE

Customs Delegates aboard a cruise on the Kalibobo Spirit of Madang Harbour

Customs Delegates aboard a cruise on the Kalibobo Spirit of Madang Harbour

Diving in Madang

Diving in Madang

Kalibobo Apartments now Open

Kalibobo Apartments now Open

Bed 2 303 Apartments Kalibobo Village

Bed 2 303 Apartments Kalibobo Village

Kalibobo Village Rooms

Kalibobo Village Rooms

PNG new ATR70 AT MADANG

PNG new ATR70 AT MADANG

CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL

CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL

Kalibobo 303 Apartments

Kalibobo 303 Apartments

Kaiibobo Spirit at Jomba Island, Madang

Kaiibobo Spirit at Jomba Island, Madang

Friday 29th January 2016

MADANG, Papua New Guinea

 

Happy New Year! - Not a lot has happened in 2016, it has been relatively quiet but the good news is the Drought is over in PNG and the countryside, gardens and lawns are springing back to life after almost 5 months without rain which is unheard of in Madang.  Whilst it is now raining, many of the gardens in villages throughout PNG have yet to recover.  We are advised that the el nino effect had reduced substantially.

 

303 KALiBOBO VILLAGE

The new wing of 10 self contained 1 and 2 bedroom suites/apartments at Kalibobo Village have their first guests and tenants and we xpect them all to be occupied in early 2016.   Again the lawns and landscaping has benefiterd by the rain and I hope to posit some recent pictures.

 

We are planning to enlarge the entrance of Kalibobo Village this year and include a new reception area and managers residence so tenants may have an exclusive entrance and the services of full time Village Management.

 

GENERAL TRAVEL NEWS

The restriction on Australians obtaining visas on arrival in Port Moresby remains but the Government are saying that if you arrive on flights in Alotau , Tokua or Mt Hagen visas will be issued.  The problem is that Air Niugini are yet to schedule flights to these destinations.  Most other countries can have tourist visas issued on arrival, the restiction applies only to Australian Passport Holders for some unkown reason!

 

Air Niugini operates in mysterious ways.  Last year they produced a brochure largely at advertisers expense through John Batman publications featuring a number of domestic and international destinations.  We were foolish enough to take ads for Madang Resort, the Kalibobo Village, Kalibobo Spirit and Niugini Dive Adventures which excluded our address or conytact information whilst other hotels were allowed to provide contact addresses, later we found out that Air Niugini wants all enquiries and bookings to be made direct and stated that discounts of up to 60% would be available (conditions apply).   There is a deliberate attempt for Air Niugini Tours to dictate to the Travel Industry and public where to fo and stay in PNG, it is the first step to monopolising the travel industry and industry that in the past has suffered due to the failure of Air Niugini to perate reliable air services in PNG and on some of their intentational flights which places MTS and many tour operators in a position where it became futile to promote tours.

 

Fortunately their services have improved but obviously their mentality to control tourism has not.  We are in discussion with a number of service providers, agents and tour operators over the marketing tactics being used and have already made it known to Air Niugini our anger.

 

We strongly recomment that anyone wanting to visit PNG go direct to hotels, a reputable tour operator to obtain the best deal on tours to PNG.

 

Airlines of PNG have changed their name to PNG Air.   They are introducing new ATR72 on domestic routes in competition with Air Niugini.   Travel Air continue to operate Focker 50 on domestic routes and Air Niugini LInk are gradually re-introducing routes to link Provinces.

 

Phillippine Airlins have begin direct services 3 times a week between Manila and Port Moresby and offering very competive air fares on this route and to other destinations throughout the world.

 

The PNG Government have announced they will upgrade the domestic terminals in Port Moresby and expand the international terminal which was opened just last year.  New terminals have been built in Kimbe and Mt Hagen and hopefully Madang Airport will also be upgraded in the near future.

 

A new Minister for Sports, Tourism and National Events has been appointed by the Prime Minister, his name is Justin Tkatchenko who was formerly known as the Happy Gardener.   It is expected that he will add new life to the TPA and hopefully restore tourist as meaninful industry in PNG.

 

MADANG RESORT

The new 20 room Garden Wing is under construction and expected to be completed by April 2016.   This wing replaced the oldest wing at the Resort dating back over 60 years.  The deluxe rooms will have a built in kitchenette with stove, fridge, micro wave, sink and storage which will lock away for short term guests.

 

We were chosen as the venue for the PNG Custroms Conference which concludes today and a letter from the Chief of Customs has stated in a letter "The Customs Management and staff join me in sincerely thanking you and your staff for your warm hospitality, support and assistance toward the successful hosting of the conference"

 

We invite anyone planning to hold a conference in PNG to visit us in Madang for a complimentary stay to inspect the Resort, Conference Facilities as well as other services we provide in Madang.

 

KALIBOBO SPIRIT

We have planned a number of scheduled trips aboard the Kalibobo Spirit in 2016 and 2017 to the Sepik River and Milne Bay.  The vessel has been chartered by the Tsunami Group, a groups of friends from Sydney that will cruise the full length of the Sepik River.

 

CAIRNS HOTELS

There is a gradual incresae of tourists to Cairns which is promising.  Both the Tropical Heritage and Cairns SHeridan occupancies are well above 2014.

 

Let us know if we can be of any assistance to you in planning a visit or a tour to PNG?

 

Best wishes for 2016.

 

Peter Barter

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Expeditions - Kalibobo Spirit

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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 4222766,   F: 675 4223543,   E: info@mtspng.com

 

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http://www.charterworld.com/index.html?sub=yacht-charter&charter=motor-yacht-kalibobo-spirit-5917

 

Madang Resort

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Madang Resort Aerial View

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 F: +675 422 3325  E: info@mtspng.com

www.madangresort.com

Kalibobo Village Resort - Madang

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Kalibobo Village Suit

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
Read more... [PDF 952KB]

T: +675 422 2655 F: +675 422 3325  E: info@mtspng.com

www.kalibobovillage.com

 

Niugini Dive Adventures

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Scuba diving at Madang Marine Park

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. 

Easter Weekend Getaway

Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour

For bookings, email nda@mtspng.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: info@mtspng.com

Highland Tours

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Sing Sing, Wahgi Valley

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.

More information...

 

 

 

HERITAGE CAIRNS

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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!.

T: 07 4051 1211  F: 07 4051 1380
Email: info@heritagecairns.com.au
www.heritagecairns.com.au

8 Minnie Street, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

Full costs available on Web, plus special offers

www.heritagecairns.com.au

Lukim yu Bihain!

Cairns Sheridan

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.

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