Accor will replace InterContinental Hotels Group in managing the Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge in Australia’s Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.
The hotel operator signed an MoU with the owners of both properties to take over management duties effective from April 1 this year. Both the 110-room Crocodile Hotel and 48-room Cooinda Lodge were the first major tourism properties developed by an indigenous organization in Australia.
Rex Wild, chairman of Kakadu Tourism, said that the stronger Australian dollar and Asia’s rise in popularity for tourism have impacted traffic to Kakadu, but believes “Kakadu is one of the world’s most significant tourism destinations and there is vast potential to grow visitation from both overseas and locally.”
The current managers of the two hotels will continue under Accor management.