|Port Moresby Skyline. ONE PNG photo|
A world-class Hilton Hotel will be built in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea before APEC 2018, Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc says
He said the hotel would be built on Wards Road, Hohola, opposite the Holiday Inn and next to the PNG Forest Research Institute.
It will be the major venue for world leaders and the Hilton Hotel Convention Centre would host the gala cultural dinner.
“That’s a hotel put together by the landowners of Ok Tedi, Fly River provincial government, and Petroleum Resources Kutubu,” Sir Manasupe said.
The Hilton Hotel will be in the Waigani Precinct, one of six precincts in Port Moresby that will be established especially for APEC 2018.
Sir Manasupe said the gala cultural dinner was the major televised event that showcased the culture of the host to the world, and would be covered by more mainstream media than the official meetings.
“The Hilton Hotel is further expected to host ministerial meetings, officials meetings, working level forums and will accommodate ministers and heads of state through the APEC year,” Sir Manasupe said.
“In the Waigani APEC precinct, senior officials, ministerial meetings and APEC youth leaders’ meetings will be held at the National Convention Centre.
“The precinct will host the international media centre adjacent to the Raintree Hotel, spouses cultural programme at the National Parliament, and hotels to accommodate delegates, including the Hilton, Lamana, Holiday Inn and Laguna hotels.
“Residents and businesses will still have passage through the Waigani precincts during APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.”
Meanwhile, the six APEC Leaders’ Week Precincts that have been identified and discussed internally are:
Ela Beach Leaders’ Meeting Precinct – All meeting events where leaders are meeting at the same venue will be located in a single APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) precinct;
Hilton Hotel and Waigani Precinct;
Town Precinct: The Town Hotel Precinct will be established to provide hotel accommodation and mooring for a cruise ship with direct route access to the AELM Precinct;
APEC CEO Summit: An APEC CEO Summit Precinct is proposed around the Taurama Aquatic and Leisure Centre to house the CEO Summit Auditorium, meeting rooms, media centre and CEO Summit Gala Dinner;
Airport Precinct: An Airport Precinct will be established to receive leaders, ministers and delegates through a VVIP arrivals area as well as existing air bridges, provide airside parking, and house rotary wing operations, as well the Airways Hotel and Gateway Hotel; and,
Flora and Fauna Precinct: A flora and fauna precinct is proposed at the PNG Adventure Park to host spouses flora and fauna programme and media visits.
Sir Manasupe said the APEC Economic Leaders Week Road Network would utilise the established major road network that offered wide streets that accessed all APEC precincts with sufficient alternate routes. One PNG / The National