Crystalbrook Collection chief calls for more collaboration with government

Hotel operator Crystalbrook Collection’s chief executive has called for regular collaboration between the Far North tourism industry and all three levels of government following a recent meeting with Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

Crystalbrook Collection has invested heavily in the region with three hotel projects in Cairns including the newly opened 5-star hotel Riley, and a planned $200 million redevelopment of the Port Douglas marina.

Speaking to the Cairns Post, Crystalbrook chief executive Mark Davie said he thinks there will be “regular meetings from now on”.

Crystalbrook Collection’s planned $200 million redevelopment of the Port Douglas marina.

“There will be a meeting in March initiated by TTNQ (Tourism Tropical North Queensland), that TEQ (Tourism and Events Queensland) will be involved in,” he said.

“We will certainly be represented there, but so will other hotel brands and organisations involved in tourism.”

During the meeting, Jones “reinforced her commitment to the promotion of Cairns”, according to Davie.

“The other issue is that we discussed the activities of TEQ and once again Kate assured us that she would ensure that TEQ would provide adequate funding towards the Far North Queensland region,” he said.

“We all agreed that the continued growth of Cairns is dependent on joint efforts from federal, state and local governments, as well as local businesses investing in the region.”

Crystalbrook’s owner, Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud, has already said that more effort needs to be made by state and local governments to attract more direct international flights to Cairns.