International hotel developer shows appreciation to Cairns community
Ghassan Aboud, Chairman and Founder of Ghassan Aboud Group and the investor behind the three Cairns Crystalbrook Collection hotel developments, has made a fleeting visit to Cairns to inspect construction progress and says he is thrilled; both by how the projects are progressing and by the warm welcome he has received from the Cairns community.
“Cairns really feels like my second home. The people here are so kind and friendly,” said Ghassan Aboud. “I am also very pleased with the pace at which work is progressing. I couldn’t be happier right now.”
G. A. Group’s $370 million investment across the three Cairns Crystalbrook Collection hotels will generate 2,000 jobs during the construction phase and a further 500 jobs once operational.
While in Cairns, Ghassan Aboud and Mark Davie, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection, also hosted a business dinner to show appreciation for local partners who have supported Crystalbrook Collection since the beginning. Attendees at the dinner included Andy Taylor, Managing Director of Prime Group who are responsible for the development of all three hotels, John Morris, Wendy Morris, incoming Chairperson at Tropical Tourism North Queensland, Michael Huelin, Partner at WGC Lawyers and Danny Betros, Managing Director of Cairns at CBRE Australia.
“Acknowledging the local support is very important to us,” said Laura Davie, Group Director – Operations and Human Resources at Crystalbrook Collection. “As a company, we have always placed great emphasis on employing locally wherever we can and to creating future opportunities for that community.”
Earlier in the week Mr Aboud and Mark Davie were officially welcomed by the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and his Ministerial team in Canberra at Parliament House.