Entries by Jo Straszkowski


2019 Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef familiarisation tour

See for yourself – the Great Barrier Reef is alive and well Coral, curiosity, culture and chartering form the underlying themes for the 2019 Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef familiarisation tour, an event which brings international delegates together each year to experience the best of Far North Queensland tourism and hospitality. Scheduled for seven […]

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Club Marine Marina of the Year Finalists Announced

Judging has been completed for the 2019/2020 Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards conducted every two years by the Marina Industries Association (MIA). MIA CEO Colin Bransgrove said there were entries from four countries reflecting particularly strong competition in the International Marina of the Year Award category; one of 10 categories in total. “All […]


Crystalbrook supports Cairns Indigenous Arts Festival

Crystalbrook Collection, owners of the Port Douglas marina, have partnered with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) to deliver a culturally-inspired and creative fashion performance. Since its inaugural performance in 2013, CIAF’s fashion offering has evolved into one of the program’s most highly anticipated and well attended events.Last year, the performance culminated in three sell-out […]


Chinese junk ‘Shaolin’ returns home to Port Douglas

A familiar set of sails has returned to the waters of the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina with Chinese Junk ‘Shaolin’ returning home to Port Douglas.  The vintage timber ship has been docked in Cairns for the last 12 months but has today returned home under new stewardship. Kate Agrums, sister to Flynn Bickford and now joint […]

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Crystalbrook Collection Makes Its Mark In Hospitality

With investment plans to the tune of $1 billion, premium hospitality brand, Crystalbrook Collection, is rapidly expanding its portfolio of assets under management, with an initial focus on Australia. Crystalbrook Collection is owned by Dubai-headquartered conglomerate, the Ghassan Aboud Group, which is also engaged in automotive, real estate, retail, media, logistics and pastoral businesses. Established […]


Crystalbrook Collection Kicks Off Campaign for 200 More Collaborators and Announces General Manager for Second Cairns Hotel

200 more tourism jobs for Cairns Crystalbrook Collection has commenced its latest recruitment campaign with a further 200 tourism jobs up for grabs in preparation of the launch of its second five-star Cairns hotel, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, opening in September 2019. Speaking on the launch of the Campaign, Laura Stehr, Group Director, HR […]

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Crystalbrook Collection Unveils First Preview Image for Luxurious Port Douglas Marina Hotel Development

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has today unveiled the first much-awaited image of their proposed development at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas. The release of the image coincided with the owner of Crystalbrook Collection, Ghassan Aboud, travelling to the idyllic coastal town to hold meetings with Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu today. The image provides […]


Crystalbrook Collection premiers new spa brand Eléme

The five-star, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort has welcomed its highly anticipated Eléme Day Spa, a first for Crystalbrook Collection. The spa brand will be incorporated into future openings for the burgeoning hospitality group. Eléme’s fresh approach includes treatments such as Goddess of Infusion, a super-charged volcanic clay warming customised thermal facial mask to deeply […]


Crystalbrook Collection Confirms Five-Star Hotel for Newcastle

Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has won the tender to acquire Newcastle’s iconic ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre and intends to convert the building into a luxury five-star hotel, ready to open in late 2020. The hotel is to be called Kingsley, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. The name follows a Crystalbrook Collection naming convention where each […]


Crystalbrook Collection Takes Ownership of its First Sydney Hotel

Little Albion Joins the Expanding Hospitality Group Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has today officially welcomed one of Sydney’s newest boutique hotels, Little Albion, to its fast expanding family of hotels. Centrally located in the bustling inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, Little Albion has its own distinct personality, fitting in seamlessly with the hospitality group’s […]