Hay­man Is­land to be re-branded

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AWARD-win­ning re­sort chain One&Only has dropped Hay­man Is­land from its port­fo­lio, just 10 weeks af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie tore through the is­land.

In what is be­ing de­scribed as a mu­tual de­ci­sion by is­land own­ers Mul­pha and the re­sort, One&Only will no longer be man­ag­ing the re­sort due to the dam­age to the is­land and its sub­se­quent clo­sure un­til mid-2018.

Mul­pha Aus­tralia said they would be re-brand­ing the re­sort once they had re-opened.

“While it is dis­ap­point­ing to have to close the re­sort af­ter record trad­ing that had been achieved, Mul­pha are plan­ning to un­der­take sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal works to once again po­si­tion Hay­man as one of the most pres­ti­gious lux­ury re­sort prop­er­ties in the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” a joint state­ment be­tween the two com­pa­nies read.

One&Only made men­tion of the many guests they brought to Hay­man Is­land and said they would re­main com­mit­ted to their other re­sorts around Aus­tralia.

A for­mal process will be un­der­taken in the com­ing months to se­lect a qual­i­fied lux­ury op­er­a­tor to take over the is­land’s man­age­ment.

A month af­ter the cy­clone, the re­sort an­nounced it would re­main closed for over a year to re­pair the dam­age.

Their web­site re­mains down and in­stead would-be trav­ellers are greeted with a blue page with white text that reads:

“Due to the im­pact of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, Hay­man Is­land is tem­po­rar­ily closed.

“In the mean­time, we are cre­at­ing a re­ju­ve­nated lux­ury re­sort in the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“We are cur­rently un­able to ac­cept new reser­va­tions un­til mid-2018.

“Please watch this space as we pro­vide up­dates through the is­land’s re­de­vel­op­ment works.”

Day­dream Is­land is also await­ing re-devel­op­ment work and is ex­pected to re-open in 2018.

CY­CLONE FALLOUT: Hay­man Is­land has been dropped from One&Only’s lux­ury re­sort port­fo­lio.

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