New Rottnest Island Hotel to allow visitors to be spontaneous

RIA chief executive Michelle Reynolds stands where the new Hotel Rottnest development will be built.
RIA chief executive Michelle Reynolds stands where the new Hotel Rottnest development will be built.

ROTTNEST Island Authority (RIA) received about 11 submissions in response to the Prendiville Group’s Hotel Rottnest development that was approved in April.

RIA chief executive Michelle Reynolds said the comments were “mostly positive”.

“There weren’t any major problems with it because it’s very sensitive and an extension to an existing building,” Ms Reynolds said.

She said the new Pinky’s Eco Retreat, which would be completed in time for the summer season, and the new hotel offering would allow people to be spontaneous.

“It means people can come over and stay for the night or if they come for the day they can decide to stay,” the Nedlands resident said.

“Visitors will be able to make spontaneous decisions to stay.

“We’ve got two major developments underway after not having development on the island for 30 years.

“We’re beyond talking about it now, we’re doing it.”

This month, the State Government called for expressions of interest to establish new experiences on the island for the summer season.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said continued strong growth in visitation had opened the door for more recreational offerings on Rottnest.

“We are supporting the continued growth of tourism on Rottnest by encouraging new experiences and services,” Mr Papalia said.

“More visitors, means more opportunities for businesses, which in turn will create more jobs.

“Now is the perfect time to reap the benefits of the Rottnest renaissance.”

Visit http://www.ria.wa.gov.au by June 29.

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