New ownership for popular Airlie Beach resort

WHITSUNDAY tourism operator Craig Ross has sold his 50 per cent share in Whitsunday Wanderers Resort in Airlie Beach.

The share has been bought by his former business partner Rod Longhurst who now owns the resort.

The sale is part of a long term process that resulted in Mr Ross and Mr Longhurst going their separate ways with their business interests.

Mr Ross now solely owns Koala Adventure Resort, on South Molle Island, Koala resorts in the Daintree and Cairns, and the Whitsundays-based Koala sailing fleet including Pride of Airlie, The Card, Kora and Kookaburra.

Mr Longhurst now wholly owns Whitsunday Wanderers Resort in Airlie Beach, hostels in Noosa and Hervey Bay and a Fraser Island 4WD company.

Mr Ross said both he and Mr Longhurst were working hard to ensure the old business was 'finalised in an orderly manner' so that all creditors and suppliers were paid.

"I am looking forward to working with all those people that contributed to the success of the past to help continue our success in the future," he said.

Mr Ross said after three years of the sales process he was finally at liberty to take his business forward including major plans for Koala Adventure Resort on South Molle Island.

"I have an excellent new management team with me to grow the business and have already formed new strategic partnerships to drive new destinational marketing events for the area, including getting some great bands and top DJs up to the Whitsundays," he said.


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