Fr Jan Czuba, Riwo, Madang
Customs Delegates aboard a cruise on the Kalibobo Spirit of Madang Harbour
Diving in Madang
Bilum Festival, Kar Kar Is Jun 4&5
Madang Resort along Dallman Passage
ANZAC DAY Madang
PNG new ATR70 AT MADANG
CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL
Kalibobo 303 Apartments
Kaiibobo Spirit at Jomba Island, Madang
Patrick Pruiatch, Treasurer
Reef Explorer New Livery
New Native Markets Madang
GC Sir Michael Somare with my Grandchildren, Jordan & Amaiya in 2011
National ALlicance Conference in Sana Room
Tuesday 26 April 2016
MADANG, Papua New Guinea
NEW MINISTER (again)
The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Tobias Kulang has been in contact with MTS and is arranging a visit to Madang in the near future to discuss ways in which we can get tourism moving again in Madang. We are looking forward to his visit and already exchanging ways in which we can all work together.
The visa restrictions on Australians still remain in force, but we hope within the near future the restriction will be lifted.
BILUM FESTIVAL MAPOR VILLAGE KAR KAR ISLAND
The Bilum Festival will be held at Mapor Village in Kar Kar Island on Jun 4&5 a week prior to the Madang Festival. I have written today to Ramu Nickel in an attempt to convince them to operate their ferry from Madang to Kulili Plantation in an effort to get as many people as possible to see this amazing event.
The Kalibobo Spirit will depart Madang and call in at Kar Kar for a couple of hours to witness the events at the Bilum Festival, our guests will then reboard at Kulili hand continue to the Sepik River where we will spend a week cruising through the lower and middle Sepik returning to Madang on Jun 12.
The only other alternative way of visiting Kar Kar is by small banana boat, or helicopter. the first needs good weather conditions and the other is very expensive. If you would like furter information, please contact MTS staff.
Will be held in Madang on Jun 11 & 12. Full details of this festival can be obtained from MTS. Limited accommodation is still available at the Madang resort and Kalibobo Village.
DWU CULTURAL DAY
The Divine Word University holds will hold a cultural day on August 20 from 1000-1600. Although only a one day event the DWU Cultural Day is one of the best in PNG as students from all over PNG take part and display their unique dances, songs in traditional dress. It is also one of the only cultural events when the students perform free of charge and the atmosphere is excellent providing great photo opportunities.
Work on the Garden Wing is procgressing well. The brick work is almost complete on the second floor and the roof trusses are now being installed. All downstairs rooms have been rendered. The builder has indicated that the project will now be completed by Jun 1, 2 months behind schedule.
Over the weekend the Madang Resort has been host to the National Alliance Party, the second largest political party in PNG and the leader, Patrick Pruiatch said the main purpose of the meeting was to establish policies for the elections in 2017. Former Prime Minister and Leader of the NA, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare along with the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville were both present.
The new 303 apartments are filling fast with long term guests and tenants. All landscaping has been completed and the village looks amazing now that the wet season has revived the gardens and lawns. Our architects are in the process of desigining a new entrance to Kalibobo that will resemble a 'Haus Tambaran' stype building and a modern office and management accommodation.
We have a number of charters booked to the Sepik River in 2016. We are also planning on scheduled cruises to both the Sepik and Islands of Milne Bay later in the year.
The PNG Government is hosting the APEC Conference in 2018. In addition to the main conference which will be held in Port Moresby, lead up conferences will be held in Rabaul and Madang. The Madang resort looks forward to being host for some of the smaller conferences in 2016 and 2017.
Andrew Barter is currently in Tokyo to meet Japanese Dive Operators and also to attend the Marine Dive Fair in Tkyo of this weekend. Andrew will also visit some of the current tour operators to see how we can support them to fill the proposed new Air Niugini flights due to commence in June 2016.
MADANG NATIVE MARKET
We are still waiting for the dates of the official opening of the Madang Markets. It appears the organisers are waiting for an allocation of funds for the "hamamas" party which is a tradition in PNG.
ANZAC IN MADANG
On 25th April, MTS was involved with the ANZAC Dommemorative Dawn Service. The Coastwatchers Memorial Light House has been recently restored to its former glory after 57 years. The ANZAC service in Madang is the 2nd largest in PNG attracting many thousands of digantories and people.
We have just received word from Booking.com that the Tropical Heritage Cairns has just received a reward from Booking.com for achieving 8.3 out of 10 from guests and the Boutique hotel continues to rate #5 out of 86 hotels in Cairns. The Cairns Sheridan Hotel is not far behind and rates #11 in Cairns. Both hotels received Excellence Awards from Trip Advisor in 2013. 2014 and 2015 and we are expecting again in 2016.
We have a number of flyers in circulation, most of which can be downloaded from this website. They include
2016 PNG Show Tours
*2016 Dame Carol Kidu Sepiuk River Expedition
2016 Cruises of the Sepik River and Milbe Bay
MTS Newsletter No 1, Apr 1 2016 can be downloaded.
* this promises to be a very interesting trip. Dame Carol is a very well known person in PNG who has was the wife of PNG's Chief Justice, Sir Buri Kidu and has since served a a Minister for 3 terms in Parliament She is widely recognised for her stand on community development, violence against women, safety of chioldren from abuse.
All above brodhures and flyers can be downloaded from this website.
SHIP AGENCY FEES
For the past 2 years we have been challenging the PNG National Marine Safety Authority on charges the introduced in Jan 2015 which in effect quadripled the NMSA fees for many visiting international ships in PNG. The matter was discussed with the Prime Ministerm the PNG Tourist Authority and tourist industry. The NMSA compromised by introducing an incentive vased on the number of times a ship visited PNG in 12 months which again was unacceptable.
This month we have received a message from TPA stating that all NMSA charges to visiting cruise ships had been reduced by 60% and we would like to thank all the shipowners for their patience and support whilst we have been engaged in the negotiations to reduce charges levied by NMSA but the end result is encouraging and should give some encouragement to ship owners and operators to increase visits to PNG Ports in the future.
Very soon we will publish the fees on this website from PNG ports, NAQIA, Customs and NMSA fees.
The Madang Resort Marina has been extended to 50m which enables us to handle 2 medium size motoryachts or one large motoryacht with up to 5m draft. The Marina can also accommodate a further 3 smaller vessels on the inside berths with up to 3m draft,
Sir Peter Barter
MTS Newsletter Apr 1 2016
MTS PNG Welcomes Visitors Aboard the Pacific Aria
Download the Visitors Information Booklet [PDF, 1.5MB]
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 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 F: +675 422 3325 E: email@example.com
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 F: +675 422 3325 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.