PNG to bring in cruise ships for beds during 2018 APEC

5:08 pm on 24 October 2016

As Papua New Guinea prepares to host the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2018, it has announced it will accommodate visitors on three large cruise liners.

The Post Courier reports the vessels will be moored at Ela Beach and provide a total of 5,000 beds to supplement Port Moresby hotels in catering for the guests from 21 countries.

The new Hilton Hotel is under construction as well as two others.

Justin Tkatchenoko, who is the minister for sport and tourism and also the APEC minister, says the solution of bringing in the cruise ships will be a spectacular feature.

PNG Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

PNG Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko. Photo: Facebook / Hon Justin W Tkatchenko MP

He said the Australian Defence Force will be helping PNG police to beef up its intelligence systems before the summit.

The 21 heads of APEC member states include presidents of the United States, Russia and China.

PNG leaders say the event will be the biggest in the country since Independence in 1975.