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Software & Geomatics
of Papua New Guinea Congress
Theme: Survey versus Development in the Land of the Unexpected beyond the 21st Century
Alotau International Hotel, Alotau
3rd - 5th May 2017
Registration and Call for Papers
Registration Form (pdf)
Registration Form (doc)
Call for Papers (doc)
Invitation to Exhibitors (doc)
Conference Venue and Accommodation
Alotau International Hotel is a world-class hotel in the heart of Alotau, capital of delightful Milne Bay Province. The hotel provides a shuttle bus to and from Alotau (Gurney) airport for PGK30 per person
Alotau International Hotel
P.O. Box 341, Alotau
Papua New Guinea
Phone: +675 641 0300
Fax: +675 641 0268
Room Rates (pdf)
If the booking.com site shows no availibility, please contact the hotel directly by email or phone (see details above) as a number of rooms have been reserved for Congress delegates.
Other accommodation options
Masurina Lodge is a more traditional yet modern accommodation option in Alotau, located in Top Town about 1 km from the conference venue.
Traditional bungalows, some with air-conditioning about 1.4 km west of the conference venue.
Accommodation Listing for Alotau
A full accommodation listing for Alotau from the PNG Tourism website
Travel Information for International Delegates
Air Niugini has direct flights to Alotau from Port Moresby with direct connections to Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Singapore, Nadi, Honiara, Port Vila, Tokyo, Bali, Manila and Hong Kong.
Qantas has direct flights to Port Moresby from Brisbane and codeshare flights with Air Niugini from Sydney with connecting flights from around the world on the Oneworld alliance.
Virgin Australia has direct flights to Port Moresby from Brisbane with connecting flights from around Australia and New Zealand.
Most nationalities can obtain a free visitors visa on arrival in PNG, including Australian passport holders (as of 2016)
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has a web-site for more information on accommodation and what to see and do around Alotau, Milne Bay Province and Papua New Guinea.
Milne Bay Province is one of the most crime free provinces in Papua New Guinea. Crime rates have fallen dramatically in Papua New Guinea in recent years, however it is advisable to take care, especially in the evening. During the day in Alotau town there are no significant risks to personal safety, however it is inadvisable to carry large sums of money or jewellery. Staff at your hotel and PNG delegates will give you the best advice on personal safety. Papua New Guineans are generally very friendly, cheerful, polite and hospitable and will go out of their way to ensure visitors have a pleasant experience in PNG.
Accommodation providers in Alotau provide either complimentary or inexpensive (PGK25 to PGK30) transfers to and from Alotau (Gurney) Airport which is located about 15 km west of Alotau. Check with your hotel when making a reservation. Taxis from the airport cost about PGK 30 to PGK35 to town. Avis provides rental cars which can be delivered to the airport.
The Papua New Guinea Currency is the Kina (pronounced Keena) divided into 100 Toea (pronounced toyer). Banknotes are K2, K5, K10, K20, K50 and K100. There are international card ATMs at the Port Moresby Airport (before and after immigration) and there are ATMs in Alotau (Westpac and BSP). Bank South Pacific operates a foreign exchange bureau just after immigration. Exchange rates for Kina outside PNG are not very favourable and it is recommended to obtain Kina cash at the airport on arrival. International Credit cards are widely accepted including at the Alotau International Hotel. The exchange rate is approximately K2 to $1 Australian and K3 to $1 US
Mobile Phone / Cellphones / Internet
Most international phones have roaming arrangements with Digicel and Bmobile/Vodafone in PNG but this should be checked beforehand. Roaming costs within PNG are very expensive. Local SIM cards and USB broadband dongles can be purchased at Port Moresby airport or in supermarkets in Alotau. International Calls from Digicel and Bmobile/Vodafone are approximately K1 a minute and much cheaper than roaming rates. Wifi and broadband internet (3G/4G) is widely available but tends to be more expensive than in Australia or Asia.
English is the main official language in PNG, however Tok Pisin (Pidgin) is the most widely spoken language outside Milne Bay Province. English is very widely spoken and understood in Milne Bay Province in preference to Tok Pisin which has not been traditionally spoken in the province.
Congress Contact 2017:
ph. +675 321 0725 and +675 321 7061
mobile: +675 7253 0314
fax: +675 325 5875
3-5 May 2017