OPINION: New resort will change our town

LAST WEEK I had the opportunity to travel to Bangkok to meet with executives from one of the world's leading resort operators, Dusit Thani.

They invited Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and myself across to Thailand to discuss in person their grand plans for their Brookwater project.

The timing of the meeting recognised that the first stage works of the $550 million Ipswich based resort will be starting in the coming weeks.

There is no doubt their comments could have been shared via a simple phone conference.

I am glad that instead of a sterile phone hook-up they decided to hand out a personal invite, not just because of the chance to visit Thailand, but because a chat on the phone would not have revealed the enthusiasm they all shared for their first Australian venture.

The Dusit Thani team also wanted to showcase two of their current resorts in Thailand.

That didn't mean we were courted with champagne and caviar, nor handed the keys to their luxury villas.

Our stay replicated what every regular visitor to a Dusit Thani resort could expect. And that is quality rooms backed by friendly service from their resort team.

We are in for some special treats when this resort opens its doors at Brookwater late next year. At this stage I can't reveal exactly what they'll be, but I can assure you this resort will change the face of Ipswich.



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