Nicholay Miklouho-Maclay IV Meeting people at Gorendu Village

Nicholay Miklouho-Maclay IV Meeting people at Gorendu Village

Grendu Village, site of Maclay's House

Grendu Village, site of Maclay's House

Rai Coast people meet Maclay IV

Rai Coast people meet Maclay IV

New White Haus Wing, opened by HE Bruce Davis, Australian High Commisioner to PNG on 28 October 2017

New White Haus Wing, opened by HE Bruce Davis, Australian High Commisioner to PNG on 28 October 2017

WHite Haus Wing, Madang Resort

WHite Haus Wing, Madang Resort

B25 Bomber, Wangat Island, Madang

B25 Bomber, Wangat Island, Madang

Dallman Diver & Kalibobo Spirit providing services to the US Project Recover Project in Madang in Feb/Mar

Dallman Diver & Kalibobo Spirit providing services to the US Project Recover Project in Madang in Feb/Mar

CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL

CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL

Jordan Barter with Mackeral caught in Project Recover (Fringe Benefits)

Jordan Barter with Mackeral caught in Project Recover (Fringe Benefits)

Madang Resort from Drone

Madang Resort from Drone

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Kalibobo Spirit Crew at Kanganaman Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Crocodile Sing Sing at Kopar Village

Madang Resort Marquee erected at the World Sufing Chamionship at Tupira, Madang

Madang Resort Marquee erected at the World Sufing Chamionship at Tupira, Madang

Madang Resort Gardens and Pool

Madang Resort Gardens and Pool

Tupira  Surf Championship 2017

Tupira Surf Championship 2017

New White House currently under construction

New White House currently under construction

MS Europa in Madang March 22 2017

MS Europa in Madang March 22 2017

APEC MEETIG 2018

APEC MEETIG 2018

New Executive Rooms under Constructiion at Madang Resort

New Executive Rooms under Constructiion at Madang Resort

Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort

Wonong Ab Wing, Madang Resort

Wednesday 13th December 2017

 

MADANG

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog.  We have been exceedingly busy undertaking a number of projects that have kept me personally occupied.

 

APEC

We expected that several APEC Meeting would be held at the Madang Resort in 2017-18.  This week we received the APEC Caleder of Events for 2018 indicating that Madang has been excluded which is extremely disappointing in view of the fact that we were advised in late 2016 by the Prime Minister and the CEO of the APEC organising committee that Madang would host a number of meeting and events in 2018.

 

Having been told this, we embarked in good faith major upgrading of the Madang Resort and Kalibobo Village which included the construction of 2 new wings of executive accommodation, the refurbishing of the foyer, reception, restaurants. Conference facilities replacing all public toilets, all bathrooms in guest rooms, new curtains and linen and 200 new beds along with furniture all of which was done on time and within budget of approximately $15 million.

 

Whilst the our normal guests will benefit from the upgrade, we are very disappointed that organisers based in Port Moresby have excluded the Madang Resort but also the people of Madang Province which without doubt has the most hospitable people in PNG.

 

We have written to the PM and organising committee for an explanation and will pursue this matter with passion.

 

KAR KAR ICON PASSES AWAY

Sir John Middleton, former Member of Parliament and long time resident of Kar Kar Island passed away on 1st December at his home on Kulili Plantation aged 82.  He is the second generation of the Middleton Family and widely respected by the people of Kar Kar who arranged his funeral and burial in respect of his work on Kar Kar which in particular with the development of cocoa and copra which is the main economy.    His wife, Lady Anna, their two boys Derek and Brett have taken on the task of continuing the work, followed by the 3rd

Generation by their children Celeste, Michael and Shaun.  See story in Issue #7 of Melanesian News.

 

KALIBOBO SPIRIT

In Oct/Nov the Kalibobo Spirit underwent survey in Cairns and is now back in Madang ready for 2018.

 

In 2018 the Kalibobo Spirit will only be available for charter, attempts to operate scheduled cruises to the Sepik and Island are difficult due to the capacity which is limited to 12 passengers dictating high but justifiable per person costs.  It is a luxury motor yacht and was never intended to operate on a schedule.

 

The vessel will be marketed in Australia, Europe and the USA as a charter yacht at very reasonable rates and offer the most amazing cruises in some of the most remote regions in the world including the amazing Sepik River. See attached 2018 Charter Flyer and rates.

 

The Kalibobo Spirit undertook a second 2 week charter for the University of California and the Scripps Marine Archaeological Institute during which time a number of missing US aircraft from WW2 were discovered, missing for 75 years.  The success of Project Recovery may result in a further search in Milne Bay and Kavieng, again using the Kalibobo Spirit.

 

NICHOLAY MIKLOUHO-MACLAY (iv) VISIT TO MADANG & RAI COAST

The visit by Nicholay Miklouho-Maclay was very successful, despite delayed due to some immigration paperwork which was quickly rectified, Nicholay IV arrived in Madang and was rushed aboard the Kalibobo Spirit as the people at Gorendu and Rai Coast has been waiting all morning for the visitors to arrive.  During the voyage to Gorendu they had lunch aboard and received a briefing from myself.  On arrival thousands of people dressed in traditional dress welcomes Maclay and looked after them for several days, an exchange hard to rival by all accounts from the people and Maclay himself.


On Sep 16. we again visited Gorendu with Hon Sir Michael Somare who received a royal welcome by both the people and the Maclay.  Numerous cultural events took place and then a live  telecast of the event was broadcast to milions of people in Russia by ntional television, radio and by printed media.


The end result is that an excellent relationship has been established and this is expected to attract many Russians to visit PNG, Madang and of course the Rai Coast.

 

Prior to their departure various meetings took place at Divine Word University, Uiniversity of Papua New Guinea and the National Museum where valuable pictures were given to the institutions of etchings done my Maclay on his various visits 143 years ago.


A journal has been printed and at present undergoing some translation problems, we will provide a link to this document when complete.

 

NIUGINI DIVE ADVENTURES

This week Taka our Dive Instructor and visiting Photographer took pictures of a whale just close to the Madang resort.   Pictures of this encounter can be seen on NDA website. along with many more exciting pictures taken by Taka and ....................

In 2018 Taka will be joined by another Fijian Dive Instructor to cater for the increase in numbers of divers visiting Madang.

 

CAIRNS SHERIDAN HOTEL

We have contracted Garden Designers in Cairns to undertake major landscaping of the gardens along the Sheridan and McLeod street boundaries.  We also intend to undertake refurbishment of the bathrooms as apart og ongoing improvements to the hotel which have taken place since purchased by MTS.

 

TROPICAL HERITAGE HOTEL

A contract has been given to Premier Painting to repaint the exterior of the hotel which is located in Minnie Street within the CBD.   We have also purchased new King Size split beds which are due to arrive in January.

 

The Tropical Heritage is located 2 blocks from the Esplanade, 1 block away from the new Aquarium and is in close proximity to both Cairns Private and the new Cairns Base Hospital, ideally located for guests seeking medical attention or taking care of patients that need medical attention of specialists who have surgeries nearby.

 

NEW NAME

In 2018, we are intending to change the name from Melanesian Tourist Services to Western Pacific Tourist Corporation (WPTC), same logo, same management and staff but a name that more adequately describes our activities in both PNG and Australia,

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

On Sat 16th December, we are again sponsoring “Carols by Candle Light” at Sugen Aben Park at the Madang resort, hundreds of children will take place, singing carols, performing dramas depicting the Festive Season.  The event is organised in association with the Madang Rotary Club.

 

The Management of staff of MTS, our associated companies thank you for your past patronage and wish you a very peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

 

 

Peter Barter, GCL, OBE, Kt

Chairman

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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.

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T: +675 4222655  T: +675 422 2766,   F: +675 4223543,   E: info@mtspng.com 

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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 T: +675 422 2766 F: +675 422 3325  E: info@madangresort.com E:reservations@madangresort.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
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T: +675 422 2655 T: +675 422 2766  F: +675 422 3325  

E: info@kalibobovillage.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. 

Diver & Non-Diver Packages, Bookings & information

MADANG DIVE SITES

Dive, Snorkel, Cruise & Tour

For bookings, email nda@madangresort.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.

More information

 

 


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