Emirates has appointed One&Only Resorts, a subsidiary of Kerzner International Holdings Limited, to manage Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.
This will be One&Only’s second resort in Australia, following the successful rebirth of One&Only Hayman Island in July 2014.
From early 2015, One&Only will be able to offer two of the most definitive experiences within Australia, showcasing the range of what the country has to offer, while Emirates will continue to retain full ownership of the resort.
“Wolgan Valley is such a special place in Australia,” said Emirates Airline President, Sir Tim Clark. “The lists of awards and accolades that the resort has garnered since its opening in 2009 speak to its unique value, and the high quality experience that it offers.
“We are proud of all that the resort has achieved, but now we feel that it is time to work with a partner to expand the Wolgan experience and take the resort to new heights.
“We are confident that Kerzner International, under the One&Only brand, is the perfect partner for Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.
“They not only have the same high service quality standards that we demand of ourselves, but are also innovation-driven, and most importantly, they share the same vision for the resort as we do.
“I recall all the support that we received in Australia – from the Federal government down to the grassroots – when we first conceptualised and began operations in Wolgan Valley.
“I would like to reassure all stakeholders that the conservation and community principles that the resort began with, will stay unchanged.
“Although we will no longer directly manage the resort, Emirates remains firmly committed to Australia, and we will continue to do our part to support tourism through our flights that link Australia to major cities around the world, and our sponsorship of key attractions such as the symphony orchestras, and iconic events such as the Emirates Melbourne Cup.”
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa was a major winner at the 2014 HM Awards, taking out Regional Property, Australian Lodge and Australian General Manager (Joost Heymeijer).
Kerzner International CEO, Alan Leibman, said his company was looking forward to taking over the award-winning property.
“Emirates has always been an incredible partner for Kerzner International and I am thrilled to introduce One&Only to Wolgan Valley,” he said.
“It is an amazing resort and this creates the opportunity for One&Only to build on that success as well as that of One&Only Hayman Island in The Great Barrier Reef.
“These two iconic resorts are perfect locations for Australians for a short holiday as well as a must for any international visitor.
“Our commitment to Australia is once again strengthened by this partnership and we will continue to focus on the experience for our guests, development of our people, and ensuring that both resorts continue to be the utmost ultra-luxury experience in the country.
“We are thrilled to be making such a significant impact in Australia, and to be building on the success of the One&Only brand, which has been so well-received by Australians as well as guests from all over the world,” he said.