Six-star in­vest­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Mur­ray

PROM­I­NENT Port Douglas busi­ness­man John Mor­ris be­lieves the flow-on ef­fect of a land­mark ma­rina de­vel­op­ment will stim­u­late in­vest­ment from small busi­ness.

Bil­lion­aire in­vestor Ghas­san Aboud is in the fi­nal stages of pre­sent­ing Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tion’s plans for a lav­ish six and five-star ho­tel along Dick­sons In­let.

The $200 mil­lion project would be the town’s largest in­vest­ment and the first six-star ho­tel in the Far North. Mr Mor­ris said it would pro­vide much needed as­sur­ance for small-traders through to high­end play­ers across the re­gion.

“It’s go­ing to in­ject op­ti­mism and con­fi­dence from smaller busi­nesses to make their own planned in­vest­ments in the Port Douglas re­gion,” Mr Mor­ris said.

“The tourism in­dus­try also needs an an­nounce­ment like this to put Port Douglas back on their list as a spe­cial reef and rain­for­est desti­na­tion. We need it to be­come a must-do for in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers.”

Crys­tal­brook chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Davie said his team would present for­mal plans to Douglas Shire Coun­cil in a pri­vate meet­ing in com­ing weeks.

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