New hotel expected to open in Western

The National,Friday June 24th, 2016

THE new Cassowary Hotel in Kiunga, Western is expected to be opened in January, according to the Ok Tedi Development Foundation.
Chief executive officer Ian Middleton said the construction began following the arrival of the 99 modules and associated construction materials last month.
The hotel project is valued at K30 million and will generate a minimum annual 8 per cent return on the K27 million investment by the CMCA Trusts and Women’s Associations.
Middleton said the 40-room hotel was shaping up to be the most architecturally iconic building in Kiunga and the province.
It is the eighth major trust investment project of the Community Mine Continuation Agreement communities. It is expected to set a new standard in accommodation and related services, filling a gap in higher end business traveller market and be a catalyst to encourage tourism.
It is also expected to provide employment and spin-off business opportunities for Western.
The Cassowary Hotel is a joint venture between the CMCA and Steamships Trading Company. It is supervised by their property development arm – the Pacific Palms Properties – and managed by their hospitality arm – the Coral Sea Hotels chain.
The hotel is being built by the construction firm The George Group from Sydney, Australia.
Coral Sea Hotels general manager Glen Murphy is looking forward to a successfully managed hotel once completed.
“Coral Sea Hotels are absolutely dedicated to making this project a success. We’re very proud to be selected as the company to run this hotel project and we promise you that we’ll give you a successful hotel,” he said.
He urged locals to produce a lot of garden food, rice and fruit which the hotel could buy from them.
OTDF board chairman Musje Werror said the dream to have a hotel project like the Cassowary started in 2001. It was when the CMCA communities negotiated with the Government and Ok Tedi to secure investment funds among other benefits and ensure the mine could continue operating.