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Hayman Island regeneration heralds ‘new era’ for Whitsundays

Hayman Island regeneration heralds ‘new era’ for Whitsundays
August 16, 2019

A month after re-opening to guests, the Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort has today been officially re-opened with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stating “for the past 70 years Hayman Island has been an iconic island paradise visited by so many.

“As heartbreaking as it was seeing the destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in 2017, what’s been achieved here in the last two years is incredible.

“With dedication and hard work, the Mulpha Group and some 440 workers have transformed the cyclone-damaged resort into a world-class destination once again.

“The number of guests already flocking here, and the strong forward bookings is once again a testament to what we achieve by investing in tourism on the Great Barrier Reef.”

Two years after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie, the revamped resort on Hayman Island is one of three Whitsundays island resorts to re-open in 2019, joining Daydream Island Resort and Elysian Retreat, Long Island.

Under the Queensland Government’s Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Fund, Hayman Island has implemented a cutting-edge in-room automation system that regulates individual room temperatures to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while improving the experience for guests.

In addition, an integrated building management system will further reduce energy consumption by integrating systems and actively identifying inefficiencies, resulting in the reduction of approximately 300 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Greg Shaw Chief Executive of resort development group Mulpha said new waste reduction and recycling equipment which is expected to remove 100,000 kilograms per annum of waste to landfill.

Shaw advised “our $135 million investment into Hayman has set a new standard for luxury resort travel in Australia.”

“Our intent is to not only provide a world-class guest experience but also to drive sustainability and improve resilience for the resort, evident through the installation of state-of-the-art in-room automation and building management systems which will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the resort.”

IHG® (InterContinental’s brand owner) Managing Director Australasia and Japan, Leanne Harwood said the company was committed to investing in Queensland.

“IHG is incredibly invested in supporting the growth and revitalisation of world-class destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef.

“The investment, both financially and through the tireless efforts of our colleagues and entire tourism community, has allowed us to set a new benchmark for luxury travel in the region under the trusted InterContinental brand.”

Hayman Island by InterContinental offers 166 fully refurbished rooms, five world-class restaurants and bars, and bespoke spa experiences as well as 15 unique indoor and outdoor events and meeting spaces.

In another boost for tourism on the Great Barrier Reef, it has been reported that an offshore buyer has bought Dunk Island resort for about $30 million.

Derelict since Cyclone Yasi eight years ago, The Courier-Mail reports that the new owner has plans for an extensive restoration to restore the resort.

Dunk Island, which offers 147 hectares ha of freehold developable land and a Qantas-built airstrip, was an internationally famous resort destination until it was ravaged first by Cyclone Larry in 2006.

It resumed trading but was demolished by Category-5 Cyclone Yasi in February 2011 and was acquired in early 2012 for about $7.5 million by former Linc Energy boss Peter Bond and his family.

When the latest sales campaign was launched in May, Adam Bond, Managing Director of Family Island Operations said his family had a deep attachment to Dunk Island which they have come to call home, advising "it is a difficult decision for the family to part with such a world class asset.

“While we have spent considerable amount of money already, we recognise that a new owner is best placed to rejuvenate the resort and unlock the island’s full potential.

“It’s our hope that the island will reclaim its place as an iconic Queensland destination and all Australians and visitors from abroad can share in its beauty once again.”

Images of the Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort courtesy of IHG®.

Related Articles

10th July 2019 - Tourism Whitsundays dispute media claims of decaying resortsĀ 

3rd July 2019 - Transformed Hayman Island Resort opens after $135 million luxury refurbishment

15th April 2019 - Daydream Island soft opening to boost Whitsunday tourism industry

27th February 2019 - IHG expands wellness offerings with acquisition of Six Senses resorts

23rd April 2018 - No sign of reopening of cyclone-damaged Queensland island resort

29th March 2018 - $583 million resort redevelopment to revitalise Lindeman Island

27th September 2017 - Visitors return to the Whitsundays after Cyclone Debbie

2nd April 2017 - Tourism industry to rebuild after Cyclone Debbie

29th March 2017 - Queensland tourism industry rallies following Cyclone Debbie

22nd August 2016 - Chinese investors snap up Whitsunday island for $25 million

1st February 2011 - Cyclone Yasi Forces Whitsunday Resort Evacuations

12th August 2011 - Hayman Island Resort reopens better than before

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