Enviropark eyes Chinese
MOWBRAY Falls Enviropark managing director Hilary Khun has returned from a search of China for investors with a delegation of leading Australian tourism authorities.
The proposed enviropark is an environmentally sustainable ecotourism development which aims to build 50 villas and 40 apartments at Mowbray Falls, 30 minutes from Port Douglas.
Ms Khun said getting investors to put their money into Far North Queensland is a real obstacle because there is a strong perception the region is a disaster zone.
In a recent visit to Shanghai, in China, Ms Kuhn said she was buoyed by the positive response from potential Chinese investors as part of a Tourism Australia and Austrade delegation with the Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson.
“The delegation was a very well organised and effective introduction to Chinese investors as a follow-up to the launch of the Tourism Investment Opportunities Database by Tourism Australia and Austrade last month,” Ms Kuhn said.
“I was one of 10 Australian entrepreneurs seeking investment for tourism projects.”
While in Shanghai, Ms Kuhn joined with Mr Ferguson in a round-table discussion on the climate for investment in tourism in Australia.
Representatives of Tourism Australia and Austrade based in China and Australia organised interpreters during the roundtables, presentations and meetings and the Mowbray Falls Enviropark plans were well received by the Chinese investors who were attracted by its merits Ms Kuhn said.
“Mowbray Falls Enviropark gained the attention of over 50 per cent of the Chinese investors and discussions are ongoing,” Ms Kuhn said.
“It appears these Chinese investors are attracted to the clean and green image of Australia with a particular preference for our tropical regions.”
Mowbray Falls Enviropark is an approved day and overnight visitor attraction near Mowbray Falls and Gorge and it is planned to be a sustainable development that will deliver hospitality without cost to the environment.
“All our design and planning adheres to the principles of sustainable development with our master plan based on environmental audits and all energy generated from renewable resources,” Ms Kuhn said.
“It is heartening the Chinese investors are attracted to this paradigm of development.”
Big sell: Mowbray Falls owner Hilary Kuhn meeting with potential Chinese investors