Bad press over Palmer's resort "politically motivated"

THE general manager of Palmer Coolum Resort, Simon Stodart, has defended the Sunshine Coast property, saying much of the negative publicity it has been receiving is politically driven.

Mr Stodart said constant negative media attention was overshadowing the positive contribution Palmer Coolum Resort was making to the area such as a recent $2million investment in the Palmersaurus dinosaur park and Palmer Motorama  auto museum to stimulate local tourism.

"The resort was well-attended over the holiday season and we are now using the traditional post-Christmas, industry-wide low trading period to carry out a restructure and review to allow us the opportunity to update our business model,'' Mr Stodart said.

Mr Stodart praised the commitment of his staff during the challenging process of reviewing, restructuring and rebranding the resort.

"We are committed not only to the development of the resort but of the whole Sunshine Coast region," he said.

"I have met with and received the support of the local business community and government bodies who get what we are doing and why we have to do it.

"Fortunately they can see past the constant media attention that is not focusing on the resort and the Sunshine Coast region as a unique destination in itself but instead concentrating on issues that are bringing down the property's ability to get its own message to the market.''

Mr Stodart said the recent and ongoing changes would ensure the resort achieved profitability and long-term success so it could continue to be enjoyed by future generations of guests and members.



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