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New Oaks Cairns and government stimulus to aid region’s recovery

Last week, Cairns celebrated the highly anticipated opening of a brand-new Oaks hotel as it officially welcomed guests in the heart of the city.

With this investment at such a crucial time, Oaks Cairns Hotel will not only attract visitors to Cairns but most importantly it will secure permanent jobs for the local community.

Oaks Cairns is a $12 million, 76-room, five-storey hotel and joins 27 other hotels currently open and operating in Queensland under the Oaks flag. The property offers modern rooms and facilities, including the rooftop Oak & Vine restaurant and bar with panoramic views overlooking Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and the Coral Sea.  

Photography of Oaks Cairns Hotel for Minor Hotels. Image supplied.

The hotel’s general manager Matthew Everson: “Cairns Esplanade is the beating pulse of the community and visitors are invited to discover the array of culinary gems and attractions on offer right outside their hotel door.”

Of the hotel launch, Oaks chief operating officer Craig Hooley said: “Oaks Cairns Hotel will help encourage tourism to Cairns, as the region continues to reshape and rebuild in the current landscape. With the recently announced stimulus package from the government supporting tourism in Far North Queensland, we see huge potential for Cairns and the surrounding areas from Queensland residents, as well as interstate and international visitors in the future. The property will also support the local community by creating 56 permanent jobs.”

The Queensland Government is set to inject a $11.3 million package to boost Far North Queensland tourism as part of the government’s economic strategy to assist businesses in their recovery from COVID-19, delivering new tourism infrastructure and experiences for visitors in the comeback of Queensland tourism.

Owner and developer of Oaks Cairns Hotel, Paul Kelly, said: “We are pleased to have completed this long term project for the group and are happy to hand over to Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites for its ongoing operation. The boutique nature of the property with its new rooftop bar and restaurant provides a unique inner-city experience for both locals and future interstate and international visitors to enjoy. The redevelopment of the property also complements the current extensive works being undertaken on the Esplanade parklands and dining precinct.”

In July the Oaks ‘SureStay’ cleaning program was launched in its properties across Australia and New Zealand, and Oaks Cairns Hotel will also follow and comply to these industry standards to operate a COVID-Safe property.

“As we welcome guests to the Cairns property their health and safety is our top priority, these additional measures outlined in the Oaks ‘Surestay’ program builds on an already impeccably high standard of cleanliness continuing to ensure a delivery of tourism excellence for all our visitors,” Oaks Cairns Hotel General Manager Matthew Everson said.

Oaks ‘SureStay’ program utilises the highest grade of infection control policies and procedures developed in line with World Health Organisation guidelines and all COVID Australian Government recommendations.

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