Pacific International Cairns Invests In The Future Of Events

Cairns, May 16, 2012 – Marking its 30th anniversary in Cairns and the completion of a major multi-million dollar refurbishment, the independently owned Pacific International Hotel Cairns will today open its doors to a new state-of-the art conference and events facility.

The refurbishment, which has been undertaken in five stages, has been integral to the hotel’s plan of enhancing guest experience and offering state-of-the-art conference and events facilities.

Occupying the entire third floor level, The Pacific Conference and Events Centre “back to bare concrete” refurbishment was achieved by interior designer Suzanne Dawson of StoneEdge and specialist builders Paul Brookes Construction.

Now offering eight versatile spaces, the new centre features high quality furnishings and contemporary décor to create a space indicative of this region while still appealing to a wide audience.

Accommodating up 180 banquet style and 315 people theatre style is the hotel’s ballroom, which will be suitable for larger-scale corporate and social events, on top of the six conference rooms ideal for break-out sessions, meetings and seminars.

The hotel’s poolside terrace, which offers views over the Cairns waterfront, can cater for up to 100 people. It features a contemporary design and offers a great indoor/outdoor option for delegates utilising the adjacent conference rooms.

Executive director Paul Kamsler Jnr said five of the spaces are on the same level and can be combined to create a ‘’super space’’ for conferences and events that require greater flexibility and the need for breakouts. “We believe it is the most versatile space available in Cairns – a floor area that can be compact yet flexible, stylish and very impressive.”

“When the Pacific International opened 30 years ago it caused a sensation. Its features and facilities were new and cutting edge. Now with the opening of the newly built Pacific Conference and Events Centre we will regain our prominence offering greater value for money, attention to detail and more personal service.”

Paul said the hotel would be offering services such as wireless internet connection in the lobby area as well as all the conference and event rooms as well ensuring video conferencing capability and high definition projection, which are essential to a first-class event venue. “By the completion of our upgrade at the beginning of May, we will be in a position to offer all of these services – and much more,” he said. C-Bus lighting and energy control systems have also been installed allowing for the zoning of lights and the pre-setting of different atmospheres to all areas.

The 30-year old pool terrace has also been brought back to bare concrete and has received the five-star treatment. Stunning modern grey tiles are now the feature and run seamlessly to an expansive all weather timber sun deck. “There has been significant rectification work undertaken to the swimming pool to give it a modern contemporary look incorporating privacy screens, glass mosaic tiling and the latest Italian outdoor furniture.”

The refurbishment work, which commenced in 2008, underpins a significant investment in the hotel’s future. “For us the GFC commenced in August 2007 with the first stock market correction. Our board took a contrarian’s view to the future of tourism and that was while others froze investment we chose to commit and invest now while the going was tough to be ready for the eventual future up swing. We have achieved this at an investment of around $10m.”

Paul said the hotel was now looking forward to the future as a leaner and meaner business with aggressive plans to drive its brand in the market place. “History shows that tourism will bounce back. The next property boom will be bigger than the last and we are ready to meet the challenge.”

An important challenge of the refurbishment, according to Paul, has also been to preserve the history attached to the hotel. To ensure this, the hotel’s mezzanine level has been turned into a gallery, showcasing early photographs of life in Cairns. He said other historic memorabilia have also been preserved and will be showcased behind glass for the guests’ enjoyment.

The new Pacific Event and Conference Centre complements the hotel’s existing facilties, which have also seen a refurbishment including the renowned restaurant Bushfire Flame Grill as well as the 176 AAA 4.5 star rated rooms. Extensive refurbishment work of the hotel’s lobby and façade will also be undertaken within the next 12 months. “We will be opening up the lobby with a more user friendly space and modern decor to compliment the conference rooms refurbishment.”



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About The Hotel

Marking its 30th year in Cairns, the Kamsler family owned and managed Pacific International Hotel Cairns has a lot to celebrate in 2012. Opened officially in February 1983 by the then Queensland premier Joh Bjelke Peterson, the hotel has become a recognised fixture along the Cairns Esplanade. The prominent location of the hotel, in the heart of the Cairns CBD, makes it the preferred hotel of choice for business, convention and leisure visitors. Set directly opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal and casino and only 500 metres from the Cairns Convention Centre and Cruise Liner Terminal, it provides easy access to key landmarks around the city. All recently refurbished 176 rooms of the 11-storey hotel have an official AAA 4.5 star rating and boast private balconies with superb views of the harbour and parklands. Each room is equipped with broadband internet access and comprehensive amenities. There are four room categories to choose from starting with standard, executive, superior and deluxe.



For more information contact:

Paul Kamsler Jnr

Executive Director

Pacific International Hotel Cairns

07 4044 1878



Tanya Snelling (nee Bird)

Strategic PR

0417 202 663