30th October 2018
After devastating destruction from Cyclone Debbie in 2017, Hayman Island luxury resort is set to re-open next year with a brand-new look and snazzy new name.
The luxury "Hayman Island, by InterContinental" will be also be managed by a new long-term partnership between IHG and Maylasian multinational Mulpha Group.
Since construction in the early 1950s, Hayman Island has been known as one of the Whitsundays most luxurious destinations. However, in early 2017 Hayman Island was devastated by catastrophic Cyclone Debbie where 263km/h winds and tidal surges destroyed the entire island and resort, forcing it to close.
Mulpha Australia CEO Greg Shaw, said the partnership agreement and refurbishment is exciting news for Hayman Island and Whitsundays Tourism.
"We look forward to an exciting period of investment to reinforce our leading position in the Australian luxury hotel market," he said.
Tourism Whitsundays general manager Natassia Wheeler said that Hayman Island, by InterContinental will be re-opened within the first six months of 2019.
"This is great for out marketing efforts globally to have a band with a large consumer following who will travel around the world to stay with that brand," she said.
"Two years on from the cyclone and it's a really exciting celebration for us as visitation to the islands creates a ripple effect for the entire region.
"For example, when Hayman Island held weddings they would source flowers and cakes locally."
"We look forward to working closely with IHG."
Newly appointed Resort Manager of Hayman Island, by InterContinental Mark Eletr is honoured to re-open the luxury resort in the heart of the Whitsundays
"It is a privilege to introduce a brand-new luxury concept for local and international visitors alike. Myself, like many, share a special affinity with Hayman Island; its spectacular beauty and seclusion are rare encounters in today’s world," he said.
“InterContinental is the globe’s most trusted leader in luxury hospitality and I am deeply excited to work with my team and deliver our shared vision to open Australia’s most iconic island resort.”
Hayman Island by InterContinental is scheduled to be re-opened in July 2019.