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Software & Geomatics
of Papua New Guinea Congress
Theme: Smart Development through Sustainability and Efficiency with Advanced Technology
Kokopo, East New Britain
Postponed to July 2021
Due to COVID-19 pandemic
Exact dates tba.
Registration and Call for Papers
Conference Venue and Accommodation
Gazelle International Hotel, Kokopo
Travel Information for International Delegates
Air Niugini has flights to Rabaul(Tokua) via Port Moresby from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Singapore and many other cities.
Qantas has direct flights to Port Moresby from Brisbane and Cairns 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
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has a web-site for more information on accommodation and what to see and do around East New Britain Province and Papua New Guinea.
Crime rates have fallen dramatically in Papua New Guinea in recent years, however it is advisable to take great care, especially in the evening in larger towns. 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.
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 most hotels and shopping centres. Bank South Pacific also 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 Gazelle 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 with data can be purchased at Port Moresby airport. 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. Kuanua is also the main local language of the Tolai people in the Gazelle Peninsula.
Congress Contact 2021:
ph. +675 7704 0606
Gazelle International Hotel
East New Britain