Refurbishment 'significant coup'

LADY Elliot Island's refurbishment and the announcement of flights from Gladstone to the reef island have been called the most significant recent tourism coup.

Former Olympian Grant Kenny, a partner in CKG Properties' $62 million Pavillions on 1770 development, along with businessman Peter Gash and lawyer Michael Kyle are required to spend between $2 million and $3 million in the early years of the lease on the island.

The island's resort will be refurbished and relaunched in an environmentally friendly manner.

Flights to Lady Elliot are set to commence trips five days a week from Gladstone from February 15.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited CEO Danial Rochford said the announcements would have a big impact on the region.

"It's a major coup for tourism for Gladstone and the whole region,'' Mr Rochford said.

Mr Rochford said Gladstone's visitor centre had large numbers of inquiries for day trips to the reef and following the announcement, he expected a significant boost in the number of domestic and international tourists. He predicted this would have a flow-on effect to the region's businesses and the community.

"It's the most significant tourism announcement in recent years.



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