Op­er­a­tors pour the money in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree re­gion is ready to em­brace the 2017 win­ter pe­riod with new reef div­ing and sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­gional wine and food tast­ing tours on of­fer.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tara Ben­nett said there was lots to talk about as op­er­a­tors from across the re­gion rein­vested mil­lions into prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and en­hance­ment.

High­lights in­clude the com­ple­tion of the ac­com­mo­da­tion re­newal at Dain­tree Eco Lodge and Spa, a new reef ves­sel for Deep Sea Diver’s Den, Sail­away’s new eco­tourism reef sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from Cape Tribu­la­tion, the re­brand­ing of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage to the Sher­a­ton Grand and Quick­sil­ver’s pur­pose built learn-to­dive cen­tre in Port Dou­glas.

Adding to the tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is also Port Dou­glas based Brett’s Tours, now of­fer­ing an out­back tast­ing op­tion from Port Dou­glas to the Ather­ton Table­lands.

“The multi-mil­lion-dol­lar in­vest­ment in new and ex­ist­ing at­trac­tions for our re­gion is a real in­di­ca­tion of the faith and con­fi­dence in the strength and con­ti­nu­ity of the tourism in­dus­try,” Ms Ben­nett said.

“At the top end of the mar­ket we have the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Re­sort and Coun­try Club re­branded as the Sher­a­ton Grand Mi­rage Port Dou­glas, only the sec­ond Aus­tralian ho­tel to en­joy the lux­ury re­brand­ing by Sher­a­ton owner Star­wood as ‘the best of the brand’.

“This fol­lows on from the its multi-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in 2016 and is based on lo­ca­tion, qual­ity of func­tion fa­cil­i­ties, rooms and ho­tel ameni­ties, as well as staff and guest sat­is­fac­tion,” Ms Ben­nett said.

An­other high-end ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ence is the Dain­tree Eco Lodge and Spa, which has re­newed nine of its 15 rooms, in­clud­ing seven canopy dayans, of­fer­ing min­i­mal­ist lux­ury and two rain­for­est dayans.

Dain­tree Eco Lodge and Spa gen­eral man­ager Jody West­brook said guests were de­lighted with the “beau­ti­ful, new fresh rooms”.

“We did most of the ma­jor works dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March, strip­ping the rooms back to ba­si­cally bare shells and re­build­ing and dec­o­rat­ing.

“A fo­cus for us was to be as eco-friendly as pos­si­ble in terms of light­ing and other sus­tain­able as­pects,” Ms West­brook said.

Dain­tree Eco Lodge and Spa

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