Skase-like shake-up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IS Port Douglas on the brink of its big­gest shake-up since Christo­pher Skase’s Sher­a­ton Grand Mi­rage?

Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tion is will­ing to pump more than $200m into the Far North’s first six-star ho­tel, along­side a five-star of­fer­ing on Dick­sons In­let.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties of this scope are in­cred­i­bly rare and it has set tongues wag­ging across the re­gion.

The com­pany’s bil­lion­aire owner Ghas­san Aboud is ex­pected to tick off on plans within weeks, mean­ing con­ver­sa­tions will ramp up be­tween his team and Douglas Shire Coun­cil.

The Syr­ian’s vi­sion is rem­i­nis­cent of Skase in the 1980s whose in­vest­ments changed the face of the re­sort town. It’s clear Crys­tal­brook is leav­ing no stone un­turned to at­tract the well-heeled trav­eller back to Port Douglas.

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