Prac­ti­cal tips and ad­vice for the busi­ness trav­eller.

Business Advantage Papua New Guinea - - Business Travel Guide To Papua New Guinea -

CLI­MATE With the ex­cep­tion of the High­lands, PNG has a warm trop­i­cal cli­mate. The wet sea­son in Port Moresby is from De­cem­ber to April.

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

In­ter­net: Web ac­cess in Port Moresby has im­proved im­mensely in re­cent years. Although it re­mains costly, all the Port Moresby ho­tels listed on page 58 now pro­vide a fast-speed in­ter­net ser­vice. In other ur­ban cen­tres, you may still be re­ly­ing on dial-up. For those stay­ing longer, wire­less in­ter­net, via a USB mo­dem, is now avail­able although down­load speeds can vary con­sid­er­ably depend­ing on your lo­ca­tion. Phone: In­ter­na­tional mo­bile phone roam­ing is pos­si­ble in PNG but it is costly. A cheaper op­tion is to buy a lo­cal SIM card and pre-paid credit (in­clud­ing data packs for smartphones).

It is much cheaper to make in­ter­na­tional calls from PNG than vice versa.

ELEC­TRIC­ITY

The cur­rent in PNG is 240V AC 50Hz, us­ing Aus­tralian-style plugs.

GET­TING TO PNG Na­tional air­line Air Ni­ug­ini has di­rect flights be­tween Port Moresby and Australia (Bris­bane, Cairns, Syd­ney), the Solomon Is­lands, Fiji and an in­creas­ing num­ber of Asian des­ti­na­tions (cur­rent sched­ule avail­able from www.airni­ug­ini.com.pg).

Vir­gin Australia (www.vir­gin­aus­tralia.com) also op­er­ates on the Bris­bane route (www.vir­gin­aus­tralia.com) while Qan­taslink pro­vides its own flights from Cairns and code­shares with Air Ni­ug­ini on other Aus­tralian routes (www.qan­tas.com).

GET­TING AROUND

As a gen­eral rule in PNG, you need to plan your travel care­fully. Taxis: Rec­om­mended firms in Port Moresby are Ark (323 0998/ 7122 5522), Red Dot (+675 311 3257) and Scar­let Taxis (+675 323 4266), although avail­abil­ity can vary and they do not op­er­ate late at night. Ark also op­er­ates in Lae. Car hire: Deal with one of the in­ter­na­tional names and ask them to pro­vide a driver (around K400 per day). With the poor state of roads, es­pe­cially in Lae, 4WDS/SUVS are rec­om­mended. Air­port trans­fers: For ar­rival/de­par­ture in Port Moresby, any of the ho­tels listed on page 58 will pro­vide a com­pli­men­tary trans­fer.

Do­mes­tic Flights: Trav­el­ling within PNG of­ten means tak­ing an in­ter­nal flight (for in­stance, you can­not drive be­tween Port Moresby and Lae). There are regular ser­vices from Port Moresby to Lae. While the price of do­mes­tic fares has fallen, they are still on the high side. Air Ni­ug­ini now of­fers pas­sen­gers the chance to book (and check in) on­line but make sure you print out a copy of your re­ceipt to show at the check-in counter. Air­lines PNG (www.apng.com) also op­er­ates do­mes­tic flights. Air­craft and he­li­copter char­ter ser­vices are avail­able for travel to re­mote lo­ca­tions.

HEALTH

Se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions typ­i­cally re­quire treat­ment out­side the coun­try. Trav­ellers should en­sure they have ad­e­quate health cover (the cost of med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion alone can reach US$30,000), while for­eign com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in PNG should have a com­pre­hen­sive health plan in place. Vis­i­tors should also note that malaria is preva­lent in PNG.

MONEY

PNG’S cur­rency is the Kina. ANZ and Bank of South Pa­cific (BSP) have branches at Port Moresby’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. ATMS are lo­cated around Port Moresby, Lae and other ur­ban cen­tres.

SAFETY

While the sit­u­a­tion is not as bad as por­trayed by some in­ter­na­tional me­dia, you should al­ways take pre­cau­tions, es­pe­cially at night.

TIME ZONE

PNG has a sin­gle time zone, 10 hours ahead of UTC/GMT.

VISAS

Busi­ness trav­ellers re­quire a busi­ness visa to en­ter PNG. There are two types of busi­ness visa: sin­gle en­try (for one visit of up to 30 days) or mul­ti­ple en­try (vis­its to­talling up to 60 days over a 12-month pe­riod). Sin­gle-en­try busi­ness visas can be ob­tained on ar­rival and cost K250*. How­ever, a mul­ti­ple en­try busi­ness visa must be ap­plied for from a PNG diplo­matic mission be­fore you travel, at a cost of K500. In both cases, a let­ter from a ‘busi­ness as­so­ciate in PNG’ out­lin­ing the pur­pose, du­ra­tion, lo­ca­tion and fre­quency of your visit(s) is re­quired, as is a re­turn ticket. * In March 2014, the PNG gov­ern­ment in­sti­tuted a ban on is­su­ing non­tourist Aus­tralian vis­i­tors with visas on ar­rival. For more in­for­ma­tion, and to lo­cate your near­est PNG diplo­matic mission, visit www.im­mi­gra­tion.gov.pg.

EAT­ING, DRINK­ING, SO­CIAL­IS­ING IN PORT MORESBY

(see also ho­tels be­low) Town: The cof­fee shop at the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel re­mains a con­ve­nient day­time op­tion, as are the two cafés on the ground floor of Deloitte Tower.

Duffy Café, Gabaka St: this new­comer has rapidly be­come very popular among the ex­pat com­mu­nity, with ex­cel­lent cof­fee and home­made café-style food.

Royal Pa­pua Yacht Club: re­laxed, spa­cious and open to non-mem­bers. Com­fort food, draught beer and an open-plan bar area show­ing sport on large screens. If it’s too busy, try the Aviat Club in nearby Kone­dobu.

Vi­sion City: PNG’S first ma­jor shop­ping mall houses an in­creas­ing ar­ray of eater­ies. The cav­ernous Dy­nasty (Chi­nese) and the Ten (Ja­panese) are stand-outs.

HO­TELS

Air­ways Ho­tel

PNG’S only top-tier ho­tel, Air­ways, is lo­cated within a large, se­cure com­pound next to Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port. An inspiring set­ting, lux­u­ri­ous rooms and ameni­ties and ex­cel­lent ser­vice make for a mem­o­rable stay. Among an at­trac­tive se­lec­tion of bars and restau­rants, the deli/pizzeria is al­ways popular. Tel +675 324 5200. www.air­ways. com.pg

Grand Pa­pua

Port Moresby’s new­est large ho­tel opened in late 2011. The ho­tel fea­tures 156 suite rooms (short and long stay), an ex­ec­u­tive floor, gym and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties. The sep­a­rate restau­rant and bar ar­eas are popular venues for busi­ness meet­ings in town. www.grand­papua­ho­tel.com.pg

Crowne Plaza

Up­mar­ket rooms and suites in the heart of the CBD. De­cent gym, busi­ness cen­tre, un­der­cover park­ing, thriv­ing café and Mediter­ranean restau­rant. Tel +675 309 3329.

Hol­i­day Inn

Lo­cated in the gov­ern­ment dis­trict of Waigani. Large grounds with walk­ing track, in a trop­i­cal gar­den set­ting. Out­door restau­rant dining and bar area, busi­ness cen­tre and gym. Two ad­ja­cent sis­ter prop­er­ties are close to com­ple­tion. Tel +675 303 2000.

La­mana Ho­tel

Also in Waigani, this mod­ern ho­tel’s fa­cil­i­ties in­clude the popular Palazzo restau­rant (steaks, piz­zas and In­dian cui­sine), busi­ness cen­tre, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties and fash­ion­able nightspot, the Gold Club. Tel +675 323 2333.

Ela Beach Ho­tel and Apart­ments

On the fringe of the CDB, this con­stantly-ex­pand­ing ho­tel/apart­ment com­plex is part of the Coral Sea Ho­tels group. Its main eatery is popular at lunchtime. www.coralsea­ho­tels.com.pg

Gate­way Ho­tel

An­other mem­ber of Coral Sea Ho­tels, lo­cated next to the air­port. A range of ameni­ties in­clude Port Moresby’s largest ded­i­cated meet­ing space.

Lae

In PNG’S industrial hub, the Lae In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel has a se­cure, cen­tral lo­ca­tion, pleas­ant grounds, ca­ble TV and sev­eral dining op­tions. Tel +675 472 2000, www.laein­ter­ho­tel.com.pg .

The smaller Lae City Ho­tel has quickly es­tab­lished a good name since open­ing in 2013, but be sure to make a reser­va­tion well in ad­vance. (www.laecity­ho­tel.com).

The Me­lane­sian Ho­tel, part of the Coral Sea Ho­tels group that also pro­vides busi­ness-stan­dard ho­tels in sev­eral other ur­ban cen­tres.

Port Moresby’s Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port, viewed from Air­ways Ho­tel

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