Full­share looks to the next stages

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SHERATON MIRAGE -

FULL­SHARE Group, own­ers of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas, are de­lighted to see the most iconic re­sort prop­erty in Aus­tralian tourism re­turn­ing to its former glory.

The of­fi­cial opening to­mor­row (Au­gust 26) is the cul­mi­na­tion of two years ren­o­va­tion work and the first ma­jor step in a grand plan that the com­pany has out­lined which will see other parts of the mas­sive in­te­grated re­sort ei­ther re­built or de­vel­oped anew.

“We are happy and very sat­is­fied with the level of suc­cess of the whole project, through work­ing with all the lo­cal con­trac­tors,” said Full­share Group Gen­eral Man­ager Mr Yi Yu.

“This in­cluded the al­lAus­tralian de­sign team, and all the con­struc­tion team was Aus­tralian com­pa­nies in­clud­ing the land­scap­ing, and all the engi­neer­ing.

From the start, Full­share an­nounced its in­ten­tion to bring the prop­erty back to its former glory.

“What we have done now is to make that com­mit­ment come to fruition,” Mr Yu said. It doesn’t end there. Full­share’s plans for fur­ther stages in the de­vel­op­ment of the huge in­te­grated re­sort over the next five or six years in­volve tens of mil­lions of dol­lars and will in­volve more jobs lo­cals.

The next step flagged by the com­pany is the build­ing of a new con­ven­tion cen­tre where the Glade is cur­rently on the prop­erty.

“It’s still in the very early stages but we hope to make a start next year,” said Mr Yu.

As well as that, the com­pany is look­ing to­wards the con­struc­tion of a six-star bou­tique villa com­plex on the south­ern beach­front of the prop­erty on Four Mile Beach.

Ren­o­va­tion of the main ho­tel in­volved an army of lo­cal de­sign­ers and trades­peo­ple.

The two wings of the ho­tel, in­volv­ing a to­tal of 290-odd ex­ist­ing rooms, were al­ter­nately shut down and ren­o­vated.

The cen­tral com­plex, the golf course and the coun­try club were also ren­o­vated.

The aim was al­ways to pre­serve the es­sen­tial de­sign style of the orig­i­nal re­sort, while up­dat­ing with a clean, con­tem­po­rary look.

The Sher­a­ton Mi­rage was able to keep op­er­at­ing through­out, which was for­tu­nate timing in what has turned out to be a bumper hol­i­day sea­son.

The op­er­a­tors, SPG, re­port that they en­joyed “the high­est July oc­cu­pancy in 26 years, with Au­gust track­ing in the same di­rec­tion”.

Mr Yu said Full­share wanted to thank and con­grat­u­late all those in­volved in the project so far, also in­clud­ing Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and state gov­ern­ment who had fa­cil­i­tated in the ap­provals process.

Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Gen­eral Man­ager Steve Mol­nar with Full­share Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Yi Yu

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