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The 52nd Association of Surveyors
of Papua New Guinea Congress

Theme: Role of Surveyors & Allied Professionals in Land Governance to Enable Sustainability in PNG

4th - 6th July 2018

Registration and Call for Papers
Registration Form (doc)

Conference Venue and Accommodation

Lae International Hotel, Lae

Location Map
Conference Rates (per night): Contact Lae International Hotel or visit web-page

Other accommodation options

Lae City Hotel
Huon Gulf Apartments
Hotel Morobe
Location Map

Travel Information for International Delegates

Air Niugini has direct flights to Lae 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)

Tourist Information
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority has a web-site for more information on accommodation and what to see and do around Lae, Morobe Province and Papua New Guinea.

Personal Safety
Crime rates have fallen dramatically in Papua New Guinea in recent years, however it is advisable to take great care, especially in the evening. During the day in the Lae CBD area there are no significant risks to personal safety, however it is inadvisable to carry large sums of money or jewellery and large groups should be avoided. It is strongly advised not to walk about or drive in the evening. 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.

Airport transfers
Lae International Hotel offers transfers to and from Nadzab airport (about 40 km NW of Lae on a newly reconstructed highway) for PGK85 (inc. GST) each way. The service is provided by Guard Dog Security. Other hotels will have similar transfer arrangements. There are no taxi services in Lae but there are many PMV services. Car rentals are available from Nadzab airport and also within Lae itself.
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 Law (Westpac, ANZ 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 Lae 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 Lae. 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.

Congress Contact 2018:

Joe Yapakae
email: jyapakae@mainland.com.pg
ph. +675 472 1288 and +675 321 7061
mobile: +675 715 26406 or +675 721 96125

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