Club Crocodile snaps international owners
OUR iconic Club Crocodile Hotel has been taken on by some new owners.
The popular resort in Airlie Beach has been sold to Singaporean group Well Smart Investment Holdings.
Already owning the Mantra Terrace Hotel in Brisbane and the Ibis Budget Hotel Melbourne, Airlie’s Club Crocodile is the group’s third hotel.
The sale was brokered by CBRE Hotels National Director Wayne Bunz and CBRE Hotels Negotiator, Hayley Manvell, in conjunction with PRD Airlie Beach.
Ms Manvell said the new owners would benefit from record tourist arrivals into the region, set to be further boosted when a new international airport opened, possibly next year.
“The leisure markets are heating up in 2016 and reaping the benefits of increased tourist volumes driven by a weak dollar and lower airfares,” she said.
With the Club Crocodile hotel under contract and expected to settle in coming months, Well Smart has started planning a major refurbishment and rebranding program.
The 3.5 star resort features 161 rooms on a large freehold site situated close to the beach front and Abell Point Marina.
Resorts in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays have recently seen maximum occupancy levels. The latest statistics by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) showed a strong upward growth in international visitor numbers.
A total of 215,000 overseas visitors arrived in the region for the year ending March 2016, in a 5.1% increase from the previous reporting period.
The former Club Croc resort at the Whitsundays’ Long Island is still up for sale.
RESORT: The entrance to the iconic Club Crocodile Hotel on Shute Harbour Road in Cannonvale, which has been purchased by Singaporean group Well Smart Investment Holdings.