Work to start on Brookwater luxury resort
THE plans have been signed off, pre unit sales have hit 80% and now after a two year wait the much anticipated $550 million Dusit Thani Resort at Brookwater will start to rise from the ground.
With the first stage works about to begin Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was asked last week to travel to Thailand to meet with Dusit Thani's executive management team.
At those meetings he was assured of the commitment one of the world's biggest resort groups had to building and developing a five star project in Ipswich.
"This is without doubt the most exciting opportunity ever to come to our city and it will change the face of our community," Cr Pisasale said.
"Thousands of international tourists will be lured to Brookwater on the back of the Dusit quality brand.
"I have had the opportunity to travel to three of their resorts in the past week and every one of them exuded luxury and class.
"This will not just be a first class resort, this will be a luxury destination.
"One thing this trip has done is to assure me that this resort will be a benefit to the entire Ipswich community."
After opening its first resort in Thailand almost 60 years ago, Dusit Thani now operate more than 30 major resorts around the world in such places as Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the United States, Egypt and India.
The Brookwater project, masterminded by Richard Turner's Maxsen World Holding Hong Kong, signifies Dusit Thani's first foray into Australia.
The commitment by them is one of the largest single investments ever made by a foreign company in the Australian resort industry.
Stage one of the $110 million first stage will include: 168 resort apartments, a 15,000sm central resort pavilion, which will include restaurants, a conference centre, spa and five star resort-themed retail centre.
A central recreation club will also be established featuring fitness centres, lagoon pools and cafes. Memberships to local residents will be offered to enable them to use these facilities.
The restaurants will also be open to the general public.
On completion the resort will feature 520 apartments and bring in thousands of international visitors weekly.
Work will start at Brookwater within the next few months, providing jobs for more than 500 tradesmen.
Dusit Thani Phuket general manager Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk said the key to the success of her company was its commitment to customer service.
"We call it the Dusit Thai style of life, which simply means we treat every guest as family and it's why we have so many people who come back to stay with us year after year," she said.
Richard Turner said they had the opportunity to partner with around 12 different international resort groups, but decided on Dusit Thani because of its first class reputation.
"We know just by putting the name Dusit Thani in front of our resort people will come because they know they will be guaranteed excellent service."
Peter Chapman travelled with Mayor Pisasale to south-east Asia this week and was a guest of Dusit Thani.