Dou­glas to ben­e­fit in GA’s deals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

DOU­GLAS Shire re­gion is in for a share of the ex­panded high end tourism that will flow from the GA Group’s ac­qui­si­tion and build­ing spree in Cairns and Far North Queens­land, says busi­ness iden­tity John Mor­ris.

Mr Mor­ris sold the Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tion as­sets – which in­cludes the lux­ury Crys­tal­brook Lodge and the 85,000 acre out­back sta­tion – to ex­iled Syr­ian bil­lion­aire Ghas­san Aboud this week.

As well the sale in­cludes the lux­ury mo­tor ves­sel MV Ba­hama.

The GA Group has pre­vi­ously ac­quired three sites in Cairns in­clud­ing the Ry­dges Tradewinds. They are all tar­geted to the high end of the mar­ket, which in­cludes the Crys­tal­borook set of as­sets.

Mr Mor­ris said it fol­lows that the Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree is at­trac­tive for the higher end over­seas and do­mes­tic mar­kets. It is in­evitable th­ese vis­i­tors will in­clude places like Port Dou­glas in their vis­its.

The Crys­tal­book Col­lec­tion will con­tinue to op­er­ate the MV Ba­hama out of the Reef Ma­rina in Dick­son Inlet.

“We will get more char­ter ac­tiv­ity out of Port Dou­glas be­cause of the GA ac­qui­si­tion, and that means more busi­ness for lux­ury char­ter ves­sels based in Port, and for the town it­self,” Mr Mor­ris said.

He said the Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tions brand would be ex­panded to in­clude all of GA Group’s hos­pi­tal­ity as­sets, which he said, “are all high end prod­ucts”.

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