The Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort was officially opened on Friday afternoon, with the revamped destination expected to pump $120 million into the Whitsundays economy every year.
It is one of three Whitsundays island resorts to re-open in 2019, joining Daydream Island Resort and Elysian Retreat, Long Island.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Mulpha Group and some 440 workers had transformed the cyclone-damaged resort into a world-class destination once again.
The State Government partnered with the owners through the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Fund to implement energy efficiency systems and improve the resort’s waste management and resilience helping to future-proof the resort.
“We’re investing in the tourism industry to create jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“That’s why we’ve committed $25 million to building new tourism infrastructure on the islands to help get these businesses up and running again.”
Mulpha chief executive officer Greg Shaw said the group had invested more than $135 million into Hayman.
“Our intent is to not only provide a world-class guest experience but also to drive sustainability and improve resilience for the resort, evident through the installation of state-of-the-art in-room automation and building management systems which will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the resort,” he said.
Hayman Island by InterContinental includes 166 fully refurbished rooms, five restaurants and bars, and bespoke spa experiences as well as indoor and outdoor events and meeting spaces.