Three 5-star hotels planned for Cairns

Three 5-star hotels planned for Cairns
Three 5-star hotels planned for Cairns

Newly formed management company, Crystalbrook Collection, will invest $370 million into the development of three hotels in Cairns. 

The timeline for the projects will see a 5+ star hotel become operational each year for the next three years.

Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said the investment was in response to the expected spurt in tourism in Cairns.

“We believe that Cairns is in need of high quality hotels. Our developments are set to respond to anticipated growth in tourism as highlighted by recent Smith Travel Research reports,” he said.

Statistics compiled by Smith Travel Research for the 12 months to January 2016 showed a 74.7% occupancy rates in Cairns, up by 8.6% and double digit growth in revenue per room available, with growth figures coming in at 15.1%.

Cairns developer Prime Group will develop the hotels from concept to conception. The project pipeline includes:

137 Esplanade — A 264-room hotel, previously operating as Rydges Tradewinds, will be redeveloped to create a 311-room hotel tower with a 12-storey tower built alongside. The Great Barrier Reef inspired development will play host to a rooftop bar and lounge. Beginning construction in 2017, the property is set to be operational by July 2018.

163 Abbott Street, Cairns — A 4,000 sqm greenfield block located in the city centre will hold two towers, the first being a 222-room hotel with function rooms, restaurants and bars. The second would be a 110-room apartment complex that will be released on the market. Development will begin mid 2017 with completion expected February 2019.

85 Esplanade (Bellview) — A waterfront esplanade location will hold a new hotel (constructed on the site of a previously existing hotel and office suite). Construction on the 300-room hotel will begin late 2018 with operations expected to begin October 2019.

Three 5-star hotels planned for Cairns

Each development will have a minimum $100 million invested with the overall project expected to inject $900 million into the economy. 

Davie said the collection would be self-managed, turning down offers from major luxury hotel chains to manage the assets. 

“We held significant discussions regarding management with several brands, both leading luxury operators and white-label groups, however for a growing brand focused on authenticity, self-management was determined the best option.”

Once operational, the hotels will join Crystalbrook Collection’s recently acquired portfolio of tourism entities - Crystalbrook Lodge, a lodge experience in Northern Queensland and M.V Bahama, a 28-million luxury charter yacht based in Port Douglas. 

The company also has investments within the Queensland pastoral industry, owing an 85,000acre working cattle station, with a recent announcement indicating a further $20 million-dollar pastoral industry investment in the immediate future. 

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