Tourism

Ma­jor events are trans­form­ing the ho­tel scene in Port Moresby.

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By the time of the APEC Sum­mit in 2018, Port Moresby could have as many as 2590 high-end ho­tel rooms, and con­fer­ence ca­pac­ity for many thou­sands. Hote­liers tell Busi­ness Ad­van­tage PNG that the in­crease in scale and qual­ity means the cap­i­tal could be­come a world-class re­gional con­fer­ence venue.

Only five years ago, there were just 600 high-end ho­tel rooms in Port Moresby.

But eco­nomic growth, and re­gional sport­ing and po­lit­i­cal events have prompted new in­vest­ments in rooms and in con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties.

The new­est pro­ject under con­struc­tion is PNG’S first Hilton Ho­tel, be­ing de­vel­oped by Star Moun­tain Plaza in a part­ner­ship with the PNG Gov­ern­ment. Also under con­sid­er­a­tion is a 500-room ho­tel, for which state-owned en­ter­prise Kumul Con­sol­i­dated Hold­ings (KCH) has inked pre­lim­i­nary agree­ments with Hong Kong prop­erty de­vel­oper Shin Kong Pa­cific In­vest­ments.

Port Moresby’s new­est ho­tel, The Stan­ley, opened in July 2016 in cen­tral Waigani, with 429 rooms.

Gen­eral Man­ager Ge­off Haigh says the cen­tre­piece of the ho­tel is its func­tion space, which can cater for a ple­nary con­fer­ence at­ten­dance of up to 1000 and a sit-down dinner for 1200.

It has more than dou­bled the con­fer­ence ca­pac­ity of the city, he be­lieves. Haigh says Port Moresby can now de­velop as a re­gional con­fer­ence cen­tre, at­tract­ing large con­fer­ences, which would oth­er­wise go to ei­ther New Zealand or Aus­tralia.

Co­ral Sea Ho­tels has three ho­tels in Port Moresby (Grand Pa­pua Ho­tel, Gate­way Ho­tel and Ela Beach Ho­tel), pro­vid­ing a to­tal of 451 ho­tel rooms. Its con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties can cater for up to 800 at Gate­way, 230 at Grand Pa­pua Ho­tel and 180 at Ela Beach Ho­tel.

‘Port Moresby is be­com­ing a metropoli­tan city,’ ob­serves Dei­dre Hal­stead, Group Sales & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager for Co­ral Sea Ho­tels. Up­grades

Greater com­pe­ti­tion in Port Moresby’s ho­tel sec­tor is driv­ing in­vest­ment in up­graded fa­cil­i­ties.

The La­mana Ho­tel re­cently com­pleted ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing im­pres­sive new food and bev­er­age venues, while Air­ways has re­opened its sig­na­ture Vue Restau­rant, after ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions. Co­ral Sea has spent K7 mil­lion up­grad­ing its 97-room Ela Beach Ho­tel. It is also spend­ing K25 mil­lion on new din­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Gate­way Ho­tel, most no­tably Jack­son’s Restau­rant, Bar and Gam­ing. 

Pic­ture: Busi­ness Ad­van­tage In­ter­na­tional

The lobby of The Stan­ley ho­tel.

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