Nadzab Airport in Lae is set to undergo redevelopment this year. As earlier highlighted, the facility is mooted to become the second international airport for Papua New Guinea. Nadzab Airport redevelopment project manager Beatus Kili said this. He said the project cost K700 million of which the Japanese government assisted with K574 million and K114 million from the PNG government.
Lae City Authority (LCA) interim chief executive officer Neil Ellery said Lae had been seen as the industrial hub but Lae and LCA wanted to make sure the city became a tourist attraction. Ellery said Niugini Dirt had done a great job of promoting adventure tourism but it was not publicised properly or many tourists would have actually come through Lae specifically to ride motorbikes. “The more adventure tourism gets exposed, the more the demand will come through.”