Ri­vals close at hand dur­ing Cairns visit

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tend the APEC sum­mit in Port Moresby and will likely spend his nights on Aus­tralian soil.

Putin is un­der­stood to have once stayed at Lizard Is­land along­side close friend and Chelsea Foot­ball Club owner Ro­man Abramovich, so he may seek out the se­cluded is­land life a sec­ond time.

Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch was not giv­ing away any se­crets, but said Far North Queens­land en­joyed a very close re­la­tion­ship with Pa­pua New Guinea and would play an in­te­gral role in the APEC meet­ings.

“I am pleased we can sup­port our neigh­bour by fa­cil­i­tat- ing APEC lead­ers and their del­e­ga­tions trav­el­ling to PNG, how­ever the ex­tent of this is un­known un­til APEC lead­ers have con­firmed their at­ten­dance and fi­nalised their travel sched­ules,” he said.

“One thing I do know: Cairns will give a very warm wel­come to any guests.”

Mr Entsch said se­cu­rity mea­sures would be in place for high-pro­file lead­ers.

“If in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tions and their sup­port staff choose to stay in Cairns, the lo­cal ef­fect will be ex­pe­ri­enced through in­creased tourism, ho­tel and other hos­pi­tal­ity spend­ing,” he said.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, this could mean in­creased air traf­fic via Cairns In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“Should APEC lead­ers and del­e­gates choose to stay in Far North Queens­land, the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide the usual plan­ning and de­liv­ery of se­cu­rity and lo­gis­tics as­sis­tance.”

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