Loloata re­sort set to re-open

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re­de­vel­oped Loloata Is­land Re­sort, just out of Port Moresby, is set to re-open in Fe­bru­ary or March.

The new-look prop­erty, which orig­i­nally opened in 1977 as a dive re­sort, will have 66 rooms, con­fer­ence rooms, a pool, restau­rant and bars.

Re­sort di­rec­tor Lew Nielsen says the re­sort’s main fo­cus will con­tinue to be on div­ing, but he says it will also ap­peal to busi­ness trav­ellers and a new wave of tourists from Ja­pan and China.

Nielsen says there will also be an at­tempt to at­tract visi­tors com­ing off the Kokoda Trail.

The is­land is near 29 ma­jor dive sites.

“It has a unique place in the PNG dive in­dus­try, maybe in the world,” says Nielsen. “It has spec­tac­u­lar div­ing and is prob­a­bly the world’s best div­ing so close to a cap­i­tal city.”

He be­lieves the is­land will be at­trac­tive to busi­ness trav­ellers from Port Moresby, which is only about 30 min­utes away.

Peo­ple can ac­tu­ally stay dur­ing a busi­ness trip, he says.

The re­sort is a joint project be­tween La­mana De­vel­op­ment and the su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund NASFUND. ■

– DAVID JAMES

Tak­ing shape … the Loloata Is­land Re­sort will wel­come guests in the new year.

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