A min­i­mal dis­rup­tion for guests

The Cairns Post - - BUSINESS WEEK - ALI­CIA NALLY

THE first ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of Fitzroy Is­land Re­sort is set to bol­ster con­fi­dence in the Far North tourism mar­ket.

Newly-ap­pointed chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Macdon­ald, pre­vi­ously the busi­ness’ gen­eral man­ager for six years, has re­turned af­ter a self-im­posed sab­bat­i­cal.

“Given my un­der­stand­ing of the re­sort and hav­ing worked there from its in­fancy, I’m the one who had built it up, I think it’s quite ex­cit­ing, some­thing that bol­sters our ex­is­tence from a lo­cal per­spec­tive,” he said.

“And from a lo­cal busi­ness per­spec­tive it is also very en­cour­ag­ing to see the own­ers are in­vest­ing in the busi­ness.

“We have a very strong lo­cal mar­ket and this is just go­ing to en­hance it, it is some­thing new and fresh.

“The re­sort was built in 2008, and has had some im­prove­ments to the ac­tual in­fra­struc­ture of the prop­erty and mi­nor changes to the rooms pre­vi­ously, but this is a com­plete re­furb.”

Mr Macdon­ald said guests would not be im­pacted.

“The im­por­tance is to show we’re build­ing the busi­ness to the next stage and grow­ing the de­mand of the busi­ness,” he said.

“Es­sen­tially, we will have a block in be­tween, so guests won’t hear any­thing.

“We have a big lo­cal mar­ket through our lo­cal mem­ber­ship pro­gram and we are a des­ti­na­tion liked by do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists and lo­cals alike. The re­sort it­self em­ploys 80 peo­ple and ob­vi­ously dur­ing the re­fur­bish­ment we will be em­ploy­ing lo­cals.”

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