Hilton has announced that it will manage the new-build Hilton Port Moresby and convention centre in the Star Mountain Plaza development.
Construction of a 16-storey, mixed-use tower housing the 212-room Hilton hotel, along with office and retail space and 128 apartments, is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015 and be completed by late 2017.
Hilton Port Moresby adds to Hilton Worldwide’s existing pipeline of five hotels in the Australasia region where the global hospitality company presently operates 21 hotels under the Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands.
Rob Palleschi, global head of full service brands at Hilton Worldwide said, “Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s last tourism frontiers, home to an incredible natural bounty of rainforest, volcanoes and islands. Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, and the main port of entry into Papua New Guinea by air and sea, making it a key gateway location. Today we are delighted to fly the Hilton flag in yet another attractive leisure destination here in Port Moresby.”
The Hilton Port Moresby will have 164 standard rooms of 33 square metres, 46 executive suites of 46.5 square metres, and two 117 square-metre chairman suites. The complex will include four restaurants and two bars, a business centre, health club, spa and outdoor pool and event spaces as large as 2800 square metres.
Build over two 2 stages, the entire US$400million project and operation is overseen and controlled by Mineral Resources Development Company Limited (MRDC). MRDC is 100% owned by the Papua New Guinea government and manages landowners and provincial governments’ equity interests in Mining and Petroleum projects in PNG.