Douglas to benefit in GA’s deals
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”.