Coast tourism operators refuse to sit idle during COVID-19 confinement
Posted on May 12th, 2020
Whilst the global pandemic has had a huge impact on our local tourism industry, some Capricorn Coast business operators are choosing to embrace the positive side of slower living, and pushing their ‘backburner’ jobs to the front on the cue in readiness for when visitors return.
Instead of sitting on their balconies or bow’s overlooking kilometres of white sandy beaches and the vistas of the Keppel Islands (which we all miss dearly), our popular tourism businesses are finding creative ways to fill their time and forge ahead amid the many months now of drying cashflows.
With this unique moment in our lives creating a slower pace and providing an opportunity to think, plan and execute new projects, live-in-owners, together with the Body Corporate Committee at Oshen Apartments in Yeppoon have been busily getting ‘guest ready’ in anticipation for the months ahead.
From painting the corridors and balconies, to sparking a new lease of life into the resort greenery, the crew at Oshen have committed to using this time to touch up the modern accommodation complex, finalising all the projects that general busy periods have delayed.
Despite the distress caused by the cloud of outbreak, particularly on business cashflow, Oshen Manager Andrea Stokje is revelling in their new-found silver lining and enjoying the time to prepare for the future.
“This lockdown has given us the time to restore marked walls inside apartments, steam clean rugs and enhance each space, ensuring they are pristine and ready for upcoming guests,” said Andrea.
“We have also had the time to finalise the new feature wall next to the heated pool area, adding warmth to the calming, tranquil space just in time for winter.”
“Apartment owners have used this ‘quiet time’ to upgrade their homewares, including new couches, dining tables, coffee tables and cushions, giving apartments an elegant and luxe new feel.”
In addition, Oshen Yeppoon have commenced thought and planning towards refreshing their penthouses in readiness for re-welcoming local, intra- and interstate guests soon.
“It will be such a special moment when we come out the other side of this crisis and I long for the day when we are once again showcasing the incredible beauty of our Capricorn Coast,” said Andrea.
Freedom Fast Cats is another Southern Great Barrier Reef operator positively navigating their way through this challenging time, carrying out maintenance and bringing their vessels to tip-top condition as they poise for exciting future voyages across Keppel Bay.