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Dusit signs first Australian resort

Front row (L-R) Raynuha Sinnathamby, managing director, Springfield Land Corporation; Richard Turner, CEO, Brookwater Resort Investments and Chanin Donavanik, CEO, Dusit International with back row (L-R) Honourable Mr Rob Molhoek, Assistant Minister for Planning; Jimmy Chan, CEO, Maxsen Capital Hong Kong; Honourable Mr Paul Pisasle, Mayor of Ipswich City; Bob Sharpless, deputy chairman, Springfield Land Corporation and David Shackleton, COO, Dusit International.
Front row (L-R) Raynuha Sinnathamby, managing director, Springfield Land Corporation; Richard Turner, CEO, Brookwater Resort Investments and Chanin Donavanik, CEO, Dusit International with back row (L-R) Honourable Mr Rob Molhoek, Assistant Minister for Planning; Jimmy Chan, CEO, Maxsen Capital Hong Kong; Honourable Mr Paul Pisasle, Mayor of Ipswich City; Bob Sharpless, deputy chairman, Springfield Land Corporation and David Shackleton, COO, Dusit International.

Dusit International has announced a move into Australia.

The Thailand-based hospitality group will open a resort overlooking the Brookwater Golf Course in Queensland.

Named Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf & Spa Resort, the property will first open 168 apartments with private plunge pools, a recreation club with lagoon pools, lap pools and water slides, a gym, bridal centre, four restaurant, lobby lounge, executive club and a Devarana Spa.

Food markets and events spaces will also form part of the first phase, which is expected to cost AU$110 million (US$96m).

When fully completed AU$550m will be spent on the resort, which will have 520 apartments in total with other facilities to include a tennis stadium, water park, retail area, aquatic centre and convention centre.

“The Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf & Spa Resort at First Residence is perfectly placed to serve rising visitor demand to Australia and Queensland, from both local and overseas markets,” said David Shackleton, chief operating officer of Dusit International.

He added: “Dusit International is ideally placed to optimise the increasing growth in demand from Asia and the Middle East regions. The resort’s location between the two high demand markets of Brisbane and the Gold Coast and its proximity to the up and coming business district of Springfield is a huge advantage and we have every confidence in the resort’s future success.”

Dusit International now operates a portfolio of 24 hotels in nine countries. And the move into Australia marks the continuation of the company’s strategy to expand internationally; already this year Dusit has made its debut in the US and Kenya, and it is also expanding rapidly in China.

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