‘No commercial hurdles’ in sale of Mirage to Marriner
THE Sheraton will remain as the hotel management company of the iconic Mirage resort under the ownership of veteran Melbourne entrepreneur David Marriner.
Mr Marriner is in the final stages of buying the Sheraton Mirage and expects the agreement to be finalised in coming weeks.
The wealthy businessman said he has developed a range of exciting new initiatives for the resort which he is currently negotiating with the state and federal governments for approval.
“We are now in the final stages of acquisition and there are no outstanding commercial issues,” he said.
“What we are doing is advancing the position in our structuring of management, talking to the Sheraton Mirage and their staff and looking at the contract.”
Sheraton Mirage staff were asked to sign a letter to agree to work under new ownership this week.
Mr Marriner said. “We have a proposal that we have put before the state and federal governments and have been exploring our opportunities.
“We have some exciting new initiatives to bring forward but it will depend entirely on the response from the governments.”
Mr Marriner described media suggestions he intended to transform the resort into a casino as “nonsense”.
“We have no interest and no desire whatsoever to debate or suggest any introduction to any gambling into the resort,” he said.
“What the market needs to focus on is the need and importance of how Port Douglas is going to reinvent itself.
“Just because the ownership changes in a business doesn’t mean it is going to bring more people to the region unless it takes on new initiatives.”
Mr Marriner hopes to announce his plans for the resort in the coming weeks once the sale is complete.
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