Outrig­ger group eyes off Hay­man

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER the dump­ing of the Hay­man Is­land re­sort by lux­ury ho­tel chain One&Only, the re­sort’s owner is look­ing to find a re­place­ment op­er­a­tor, ac­cord­ing to is­land in­sid­ers.

Ho­tel sources say the 160-room is­land re­sort, which is closed for ren­o­va­tions af­ter ex­ten­sive dam­age caused by Cy­clone Deb­bie, could be re-branded by one of the world’s larger op­er­a­tors, such as the Amer­i­can-owned Mar­riott or the French-owned Ac­cor.

Also eye­ing off the idyl­lic is­land re­sort is Hawai­ian­based ho­tel group, Outrig­ger.

All up, Outrig­ger con­trols 39 prop­er­ties around the world, with the four it owns in Waikiki cur­rently un­der­go­ing a $US100 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion.

It op­er­ates an­other six ho­tels in Hawaii as well as re­sorts in the Mal­dives, Fiji, Mau­ri­tius and Thai­land.

Outrig­ger, con­trolled by eq­uity group KSL since De­cem­ber 2016, has also raised in­ter­est in buy­ing or man­ag­ing coastal prop­er­ties in Vic­to­ria and New South Wales but said Queens­land was its main fo­cus.

“We are very se­ri­ous about get­ting back into Aus­tralia,” Outrig­ger’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Paul Richard­son said.

“We are in­ter­ested at look­ing at ho­tels along coast­lines or is­lands. We are not a cor­po­rate ho­tel chain, we are not in the cen­tre of cities, we are in re­sort and leisure lo­ca­tions.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IS­LAND IN­TER­EST: Outrig­ger ho­tel group is be­lieved to be in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing in the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

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