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Gwelo Developments Appoints Outrigger to Manage Multi-million Resort in Darwin, Northern Territory
- The Outrigger Pandanas Darwin
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HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII - June 7, 2005 - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has announced its first resort in Australia's Northern Territory. Located in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, the new hotel will be branded as the Outrigger Pandanas Darwin when it opens in late 2006, reflecting the significance of the Pandanas Palm, a native Australian life source. 

The 26 level Outrigger Pandanas Darwin will become the second tallest building in Australia's youngest and fastest growing city, and will be located within walking distance of the city's entertainment and dining precinct.

This multi-million dollar development will include a dynamic mix of one and two bedroom suites and luxurious penthouses. Outrigger Pandanas Darwin will also feature a restaurant, bar, retail space and an exclusive day spa.

Developed by Gwelo Developments, Outrigger Pandanas Darwin enlisted international award-winning architects and interior designers in the quest for the ultimate Northern Territory escape. "Outrigger has been working closely with Gwelo Developments and we are pleased to associate the Outrigger name with this quality development," Mr Lawrence said.

According to Outrigger's Vice President-Business Development, Bill Henderson, "Outrigger Pandanas Darwin will add another dimension to the Northern Territory's booming tourism industry, and will mark a unique addition to Outrigger Hotels & Resorts' growing portfolio in Australia and the South Pacific." 

Henderson also pointed out that a presence in Darwin is a key part of Outrigger's vision to become a significant presence throughout Australia, where the company currently has 14 hotels and resorts open or under construction in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and now the Northern Territory.

Outrigger's Managing Director for Oceania, Dave Lawrence, described the company's expansion to Australia's "top end" as an exciting and long awaited venture. "Darwin is viewed by Outrigger as one of Australia's vibrant and cosmopolitan cities," he said. 

"It's located right on the edge of the Timor Sea; and being Australia's gateway to Asia, Darwin has a strong tourism focus for both inbound and domestic markets."

"The resort's proximity to world heritage listed Kakadu National Park, the Port of Darwin and tourist favourite The Ghan train from Darwin to Adelaide in South Australia, make it an ideal launch pad for travel and discovery in Australia's top end," Lawrence added.

About Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is a family-owned and operated company deeply committed to providing authentic island hospitality in premiere destinations throughout the Pacific. Each Outrigger property embraces the local culture to create a true sense of place for guests. Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and OHANA Hotels & Resorts are divisions of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc., Hawaii's largest locally owned hospitality-company and one of the fastest-growing hotel companies in the Pacific managing over 50 properties with more than 12,000 rooms in Hawaii, Australia, Micronesia, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. 

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Contact:

Nancy Daniels, APR
Public Relations Manager
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts / OHANA Hotels & Resorts
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu HI 96815-2992
PH 808-921-6839
EM nancy.daniels@outrigger.com
www.outrigger.com

Also See: Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Will Operate a Planned 350-room All-suites Hotel in Melbourne, Australia / April 2005
The Berger Family, a Long-term Investor in the Northern Territory Hotel Market, Acquires the Carlton Hotel Darwin / March 2003

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