Hotels offer refuge to flood victims


Queensland’s Far North hotels and resorts have opened their doors to victims of the state’s flood disaster.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland this week urged the Far North’s accommodation providers to help those who may not be able to return to their homes for several days or weeks.

TTNQ chief executive Rob Giason said the huge response from providers was “heart warming”.

Those who have offered help include Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Pullman Reef Casino, Mercure Harbourside, Novotel Rockford Palm Cove, All Seasons Cairns, Mercure Tree Tops Port Douglas, Sebel Cairns, Sea Temple Port Douglas, Sebel Reef House Resort and Spa and Cairns Colonial Club.

The Pullman Reef Casino is organising a benefit event and will release details shortly.

Chief executive of the Queensland Hotels Association, Justin O’Connor, said while the numbers of hotels significantly affected by events around the state is still being confirmed, there were upwards of 20 that have been, or are still closed, as a result of the flooding.

The vital road supply chain from Brisbane to Cairns is reopening after two weeks of closures prevented the delivery of food to the Far North.