Fullshare looks to the next stages
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