Chi­nese div­ing re­sort mile­stone for Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THE Pel­i­can Mo­tel on David­son St is part way through a rad­i­cal change which will see it be­come a fo­cused Chi­nese vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion – prob­a­bly the first in Port Dou­glas to ded­i­cate it­self to the ex­pected wave of Chi­nese tourism head­ing to Far North Queens­land.

Mel­bourne busi­ness­man James Liu is one of the own­ers of the old mo­tel which changed hands last Oc­to­ber.

Mr Liu told the the new own­ers, all scuba div­ing fans, were ren­o­vat­ing the mo­tel as the first step in a plan, over sev­eral stages, to turn the mo­tel into the Uy­oung Div­ing Re­sort.

While it will cater to all tourism de­mo­graph­ics, its spe­cial tar­get will be Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers and small groups, par­tic­u­larly those with an in­ter­est in scuba div­ing.

“We want to do more to bring Chi­nese vis­i­tors up to Port Dou­glas from Cairns,” Mr Liu said.

His com­pany wants groups of Chi­nese, per­haps cou­ples or groups of 6-8, to be the clien­tele among the Chi­nese, not large tour groups of 40.

He be­lieves there is a grow­ing seg­ment of Chi­nese tourists who are in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers and who want the type of travel ex­pe­ri­ence on of­fer in Port Dou­glas.

Mr Liu said the man­age­ment com­pany, Dou­ble Joy, had ad­ver­tised for a ho­tel man­ager with strong English lan­guage skills, with Man­darin also as a highly re­garded skill.

Fur­ther down the road they will be look­ing for a dive mas­ter also with multi­n­gual skills.

The new re­sort will have a 2.5m deep pool for dive in­struc­tion. A div­ing school with PADI cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is planned for the sec­ond stage of the project.

The last stage is a Chi­nese restau­rant in house, fea­tur­ing what the own­ers be­lieve will be the first of­fer­ing of tra­di­tional Chi­nese hot pot on a menu in Port Dou­glas, or Cairns for that mat­ter.

“The mo­tel is for every­body,” Mr Liu stresses, “there will be plenty of choices such as the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer or the dif­fer­ent types of cui­sine.”

Mr Liu said the re­sort would also or­gan­ise tour pack­ages for its vis­i­tors, as part of its ser­vice.

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Pel­i­can Mo­tel in Port Dou­glas is un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion

James Liu, part owner

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