8th March 2013:
GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR RAINTREE HOTEL AND SUITES BY VISION CITY
On Friday March 8th 2013, a large crowd celebrated the Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Raintree Hotel and Suites by Vision City. The ceremony was presided over by national and international dignitaries, including PNG Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter O'Neill, Rimbunan Hijau Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Sir Tiong Hiew King, Malaysian High Commissioner Datin Seri Blanche Olbery and representatives of other international diplomatic missions.
Both the Prime Minister and the RH Chairman gave speeches underlining the substantial economic contribution that the Raintree Hotel project will make, with the Prime Minister emphasizing that RH's significant investments in PNG "are most welcome and are appreciated by the Government".
Once complete, the five-star hotel will boast 438 rooms, including 66 apartments, as well as an incredible 1,200 capacity ballroom. The hotel will also offer a gymnasium, lagoon-style swimming pool and lavish private lounge. As the RH Chairman remarked, Raintree Hotel and Suites by Vision City will set a new standard for accommodation in Papua New Guinea. Construction should be completed in 2015.
The Raintree Hotel project represents an investment of K380 million, and will provide hundreds of local jobs. The hotel will add a new dimension to the larger Vision City site, which already offers world-class shopping and dining, as well as PNG's only cinema multiplex.
The Ground-Breaking Ceremony was an unmitigated success, and an opportunity for RH PNG to communicate the scale of the Raintree Hotel Project, and the importance of the investment it represents. As the Chairman noted:
"This is an investment in tourism in PNG, and it is an investment in business in PNG. It is also an investment in the people of PNG"