The Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC) will bring to Papua New Guinea its first ever Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel, The Hilton Port Moresby.

A management agreement signed early last month between MRDC and Hilton Worldwide will see the construction of a 5 star 212 premium room hotel in Port Moresby.

The Hilton Port Moresby is part of MRDC group subsidiaries latest development project, the Star Mountain Plaza (SMP) to be launched this Wednesday -2nd September 2015.

The Hilton Hotel complex will include four restaurants and two bars, a business centre health club, spa and outdoor pool and event spaces.

Under the agreement, Hilton will manage the Hilton hotel and a convention centre within the Star Mountain Plaza.

MRDC Managing Director, Augustine Mano said the partnership is set to redefine the standard of accommodation for the business and tourism sectors.

“We have not had a significant player in the hotel and tourism industry. With the Hilton Hotel brand, the perception of the tourism and business sector in the country is sure to change”, said Mr Mano.

“We are committed and excited to be part of a project that will set a new benchmark in world-class hotel experience here in Papua New Guinea”.

Mr Mano thanked Hilton Group for their confidence in bringing their brand into PNG.

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.

Paul Hutton, vice president, Operations, Hilton Australasia said they were excited and privileged to be partnering with Star Mountain Plaza to bring to Port Moresby a world class hotel.

“This is a remarkable occasion for us to continue the Hilton story and its 96 year rich history as the world’s best known hotel brand”, said Hutton.

Construction is already underway and expected to be completed by late 2017 in order to host theAPEC Leaders summit in 2018.