Sis­ter cities forge strong links

Paradise - - Townsville -

The sis­ter city re­la­tion­ship be­tween Port Moresby and Townsville is one to watch. Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1983, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the cities has de­vel­oped pos­i­tively with about PGK126 mil­lion ($AUD500 mil­lion) in two-way trade flow­ing be­tween the ports.

The cities have a strong busi­ness re­la­tion­ship and the prox­im­ity of the two cen­tres (Townsville is closer to Port Moresby than it is to Bris­bane) of­fers ease and ef­fi­ciency in trad­ing.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ment be­tween Townsville and Port Moresby are plen­ti­ful. Air Ni­ug­ini started direct flights be­tween the cities ear­lier this year, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to tran­sit in less than two hours. Con­nec­tions out of Pa­pua New Guinea can link trav­ellers to a di­verse range of Asian hubs, of­fer­ing sim­plic­ity in in­ter­na­tional cor­po­rate travel and tourism through­out the con­ti­nent.

Two Townsville-based busi­nesses that have built suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ships in PNG are Pa­cific Is­lands In­ter­na­tional and Premise.

Sis­ter cities forge strong links

Ash­ley Finn, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of ex­port man­age­ment com­pany Pa­cific Is­lands In­ter­na­tional, couldn’t be hap­pier with the grow­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the cities. “The re­cent Air Ni­ug­ini direct flights be­tween Townsville and Port Moresby have been fan­tas­tic for my busi­ness. It en­ables us to com­mute be­tween our head of­fice in Townsville and our big­gest mar­ket Port Moresby quickly and ef­fi­ciently. I see this con­nec­tion as a very im­por­tant step in the growth of both re­gions by open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for many in­dus­tries out­side of my busi­ness in­clud­ing tourism, ed­u­ca­tion, health and lo­gis­tics.’’

Patrick Brady, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of engi­neer­ing and project man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion Premise, sees huge po­ten­tial for his busi­ness in PNG. “With of­fices that in­clude Townsville and Port Moresby the direct air link with Air Ni­ug­ini al­lows our team to travel to our Pa­pua New Guinea of­fice in the same time it takes us to get to our Bris­bane of­fice. This cre­ates greater op­por­tu­ni­ties to build fu­ture re­la­tion­ships and ex­pand our busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in PNG.”

Townsville is the new­est route into Aus­tralia for Air Ni­ug­ini, with the air­line al­ready fly­ing to Cairns, Bris­bane and Syd­ney.

Air Ni­ug­ini started direct flights be­tween the cities ear­lier this year, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to tran­sit in less than two hours.

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