Rivals close at hand during Cairns visit
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.”