VIP launch for art-inspired Cairns hotel Bailey

Crystalbrook Collection founder Ghassan Aboud has unveiled the Group’s latest hotel Bailey at an event attended by over 250 of Queensland’s leading business people.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dave Stewart, Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet for Queensland were among the dignitaries that attended the event.

The opening celebration kicked off with a Welcome to Country dance and smoking ceremony performed by Gimuy Walubarra Bunya Dancers followed by more than 20 different artists including Japanese drummers, contortionists, a flash mob, roaming ballerinas and an opera singer.

“Bailey exceeds my expectations,” said Aboud. “I am honoured to have had such a wonderful selection of supporters attend Bailey’s opening ceremony. The hotel really is a work of art and I look forward to seeing the hotel showcase partnerships with many more local artists. I want Bailey to be an ever-evolving every changing home for art in all its forms – this could be dance, song, painting, literature, jewellery design – anything is possible.”

Palaszcuk said Bailey is a stunning new addition to the Cairns skyline and marks Crystalbrook’s second five-star hotel to open in the city in the past 12 months.

“In an incredible show of confidence in the Tropical North, by the end of 2020, the group’s collection of properties will have added more than 800 hotel rooms to Cairns, creating 3,500 jobs and injecting more than $900 million into the local economy,” she said.

The evening concluded with an exclusive dinner at the hotel’s signature CC’s Bar and Grill, which showcases beef farmed at Crystalbrook’s very own station, inland from Cairns. Championing local produce, the Group sources more than 80 per cent of the produce served at all restaurants from within a three-hour drive of each hotel.