Upgrade taking advantage of growth in tourism infrastructure
FITZROY Island Resort is ready to undergo a multimillion-dollar facelift and changes to its offerings over the next year.
Managing director Doug Gamble said the Cairns tourism operation would spend $2.5 million refurbishing the resort’s accommodation, had added a catamaran to its fleet and purchased a half share in the Cairns Dive Centre operations on the island.
“It is an exciting period of growth for our locally-owned company, which will generate additional jobs for the community and provide a boost to local suppliers and contractors,” Mr Gamble said.
“The $2.5 million refurbishment will be rolled out gradually over the next 12 months so there will be no disruption to guests.
“It will give the resort a new lighter, contemporary styling with blue and white accents to reflect the spectacular ocean surrounds of Fitzroy Island,” he said.
“We have bought a 50 per cent share of the Cairns Dive Centre operations on the island and will work with co-owner, local tourism identity Peter Boundy, to offer fresh Reef experiences.
“Islands and sailing go handin-hand and we will soon provide day trips around the island and sunset cruises on the 16m catamaran Eye Spy.
“Cairns is undergoing a solid period of growth with major investment in tourism infrastructure, so the timing is right for our company to invest in the future and ensure Fitzroy Island Resort continues to excite.”
Mr Gamble said general manager Tim Moloney would continue to manage the resort.
Former general manager Glen Macdonald, who managed Fitzroy Island Resort for six years, has been appointed to the new role of chief executive with the responsibility of overseeing the expansion.
Popular among tourists, Fitzroy Island is a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns and is home to Nudey Beach, Australian’s best beach in 2018.
The island is also home to the volunteer-run Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
EXPERTISE: Glen Macdonald has been named as Fitzroy Island Resort's new chief executive.