Tour deal sparks eco re­treat ex­pan­sion

Pilbara News - - Business - Tom Zaun­mayr

A lux­ury eco re­sort near Ex­mouth will al­most dou­ble its ca­pac­ity this sea­son, go­ing from nine to 16 tents.

Con­struc­tion be­gan in earnest on seven new tents to the north of the ex­ist­ing Sal Salis eco re­treat camp­site this week.

Sal Salis owner Ste­wart Cran­swick said the ex­pan­sion was in di­rect re­sponse to a promis­ing agree­ment with a ma­jor tour com­pany this year.

“What prompted this was an ap­proach by Out­back Spirit to host their groups this year,” he said.

“They have 13 tours to the Pil­bara all booked out al­ready, which is very en­cour­ag­ing.

“I think this is very good for the Pil­bara given Out­back Spirit just in­tro­duced their Arn­hem Land pack­age as well, so to be able to com­pete against that is tough.”

One of the tents will be fit­ted out as a hon­ey­moon re­treat as the re­sort aims to at­tract more wed­dings this sea­son.

Mr Cran­swick said he was con­fi­dent the in­creased pa­tron­age would not ad­versely af­fect the re­sort’s iso­lated feel.

“At the end of the day, 16 tents is still noth­ing re­ally, it’s very small,” he said.

Staff num­bers at the re­sort are ex­pected to in­crease by about 20 per cent.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sal Salis eco re­treat.

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