VENERABLE NEW IRELAND HOTEL TO GET FACELIFT

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55-year-old Kavieng Hotel under $1 million renovation

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 16, 2011) - Kavieng’s venerable hotel is getting a major make-over at the cost of PGK2.6 million [US$996,710] to the owners.

The rooms at the front of the Kavieng Hotel were pulled down and a new block of 13 rooms are being built. Included in the job is the rebuilding of the office and other sections of the hotel to modernize and improve.

[PIR editor’s note: Kavieng is located on the northwestern tip of the Papua New Guinea island province of New Ireland.]

Hotel managers and part-owners, Leo and Rhondy Badcock said the work is being done by Nivani Ltd. and Kavieng-based Peter McEwan as sub-contractor. They said the work began in the middle of January and should be completed by May or June.

"We imported four container-loads of flooring tiles from Australia," Mr. Badcock said in Kavieng. "In future, we hope to build a little conference room to cater for up to 60 people, but which can be enlarged to take in more if we use the old dance floor area. We will redo the kitchen area and set up an internet café."

Under the previous ownership of Tony Meehan, the hotel built a new block of two floors of rooms at the rear, but the original rooms at the front were kept going.

The hotel was originally built in 1955 by Tony’s father, Bill, with businessmen Joe Cappy, Harry Croyden and Jim Copeland, Badcock said.

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