The Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the
Whitsundays is to be sold to China Capital Investment Group for an
undisclosed sum, subject to government approval.
The sale is expected to take place in mid-March
Daydream Island’s long-time owner Mr Vaughan
Bullivant secured the sale to CCIG Australia Pty Ltd and CCIG
Investments Pty Ltd, following an extensive international
Mr Bullivant bought
Daydream Island in 2000 and immediately reinvigorated the resort
with an extensive overhaul to bring it up to international
standards and become one of the most sought after holiday
destinations in Australia.
“I’m delighted that we’ve found an investor that
can continue to operate Daydream with the current management team
and take it securely forward,” Mr Bullivant said. “Daydream Island
has been a huge part of my life and I’ve put so much passion into
making it a great tropical island experience but have known for
some time it’s best for another owner to continue my vision. This
is a great day for Daydream and whilst I’m sad to be parting ways
the island has a very bright future. The new owners also have an
opportunity to develop further the southern end of the island and
offer new accommodation experiences.”
China Capital Investment Group, based in
Shanghai, has several tourism assets in its portfolio with
Daydream Island representing its first investment in Australia.
The new owners intend to continue to operate
Daydream Island Resort and Spa and invest money into the gradual
refurbishment of the popular resort.
Chairman of CCIG Chuanyou Zhou said, "We look
forward to improving the property and providing both domestic and
international guests with a continued high level of quality
service and enhancing their holiday experience.”
Daydream Island Resort and Spa has 296 rooms and
suites, each offering views of tropical waters or rainforest. The
island features white coral beaches and lush rainforest and has
been the recipient of numerous tourism and hospitality awards.
Daydream Island is home to The Living Reef which
is one of the largest open air aquariums in the southern hemisphere and is
located within the resort and comprises two lagoons with over 80
varieties of coral and more than 140 species of fish including
sharks, stingrays, giant barramundi and many tropical marine fish
including the much loved clownfish.
Guests can also indulge and be pampered at the
world-class Rejuvenation Spa. The refined elegance of this
spectacular facility is reflected in its 16 private rooms offering
the latest in naturopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy or
reflexology to stimulate the senses and bring harmony to mind,
body and soul.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa chief executive
officer Scott Wilkinson said, “It’s business as usual at Daydream
and we’re pleased to welcome a new owner who will continue to
develop the tourism experience for our guests in our key markets. We’ve just experienced a busy holiday period
and look forward to building on the positive guest feedback we
continue to receive. Our leisure, weddings and conferencing sectors
all have strong forward bookings for 2015. It’s going to be an
exciting year ahead.”
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