With 16 days to the 7th BSP PNG Games opening ceremony in Kimbe, West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, said hosting the games in Kimbe will bring economic benefits to the province.
He said businesses like hire vehicles, rental apartments and lodges will benefit greatly by providing accommodation and transport for guests from around the country.
He added, not only is the province benefiting from Sports Tourism, but local tourism as well by showcasing its unique cultures and tradition, and local food for everyone to experience the true customary spirit of Kimbe.
Host Organising Committee Chairman, Reuben Kautu, backing the Governor, said church organisations and mothers from villages have already been organised to support and generate income for their services.
Governor Muthuvel, who reiterated that preparations for the games started in late 2015, spoke very highly of the people of West New Britain, and as the event nears, saluted his people for their trust in upholding the government’s decision, in deferring the games twice.
The Governor said it was never an easy decision for the people of the province, who never backed down, but stood firm to finally pull through.
Meanwhile, provincial governments are been urged to find the funds needed to help teams and to stop disappointments.
With preparations for the opening ceremony underway, and facilities getting finishing touches, nine teams are ready to compete come game time, while others are yet to complete all the Games’ requirements.
So far, the Government has spent K6million on infrastructure alone, while the province has spent over K30million.
The 7th BSP PNG Games kicks off with an opening ceremony on November 18th, and closes on the 2nd of December.
EMTV will broadcast the Kimbe Games live, with additional daily highlights and online services provided, for Television and Online viewers.