Aurora’s tourism investment in South Australia
THE Aurora Group took ownership of the historic Ozone Seafront Hotel on Kangaroo Island in September, making it the group’s first expansion into South Australia.
It mostly operated hotels in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Darwin and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) chief executive Andrew McEvoy said the investment was an extremely positive move for Kangaroo Island and South Australia.
“This just shows that major tourism operators are willing to invest in South Australia and see our industry as one that is well-positioned to kick some big goals going forward,” he said.
“Aurora Hotels, Resorts and Attractions have an excellent track record in the Northern Territory for operating high quality experiences and accommodation and we welcome their investment and commitment to South Australia.
“It is also timely to pay tribute to the team at the Ozone Seafront Hotel who have overseen its expansion over the past few years to ensure it is one of Kangaroo Island’s premier accommodation venues.
McEvoy praised the efforts of managers Chris and Debbie Schuman and the owners for 20 years - Peter Turner, Bow Jude and the Lokan family. “The hotel has been a big part of many people’s lives but we are extremely pleased it will be operated by a company that has a wealth of experience in the tourism industry,” he said.
Aurora Hotels’ executive chairman Ian Drummond said the group was pleased to have acquired the Ozone Seafront Hotel.
“We have a great deal of admiration for what the owners have achieved with the property and the contribution it continues to make to the community and tourism industry on Kangaroo Island,” he said.
Aurora recognised the importance of Kangaroo Island as a major tourism draw card and will work closely with the SATC to further develop tourism opportunities for the region.