Cyclone Damage Forces Elandra Resort Refocus

The Elandra Resort at Mission Beach is no longer taking individual accommodation bookings as of 13 January.

Cyclone Yasi damaged all 55 of the resort’s rooms with just 20 opening in April and since then the resort’s owners Adam Karras and Katrina Knowles have struggled with insurance issues, according to The Cairns Post.

Mr Karras told the state’s tourism minister Jan Jarratt the Elandra planned to refocus its operations. “They’ve made a decision to change the model of operation from a holiday resort to a conference and function centre that could cater for large groups,” Ms Jarratt said.

She said the owners would use the downtime between group bookings to continue work on the reconstruction effort, which has been under way since Yasi hit the coast in February last year.

Former staff said Mr Karras had personally organised jobs at other Mission Beach businesses for them to go to.

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