Cairns Harbourside Hotel — Photo by Cairns Harbourside Hotel

Established Cairns' hotel owner, Taisei Kanko Australia Pty Limited, announced today that their Cairns hotel has relaunched as a self-managed, independent hotel to be branded as Cairns Harbourside Hotel.

The hotel - located in Australia's Far North Queensland - previously operated as a Holiday Inn.

To facilitate the change from global management to local management, one of Cairns' most established tourism figures, Glen Macdonald, has been appointed General Manager.

Mr Macdonald was General Manager and then CEO of Fitzroy Island Resort for over 12 years, significantly enhancing the resort's performance through innovative management and marketing.

As a long-term resident of Far North Queensland and having served as a Board member of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, Mr Macdonald is ideal to deliver the future direction for Cairns Harbourside Hotel, which has played a fundamental role in establishing Cairns and Far North Queensland as one of the world's most renowned tropical resort destinations.

Taisei Kanko is one of the pioneers of Cairns' tourism growth, having owned the Harbourside since 1991, expanding the property in 1993 from its original 100 rooms to 173 rooms, all with private balconies to enjoy the water, mountain and tropical garden views.

Cairns Harbourside Hotel is located on Cairns' famous Esplanade, which recently completed a $28 million upgrade to enhance the area's vibrant dining scene. The hotel's own Harbourside Bar & Kitchen offers a distinctive Farm-to-Table dining experience focusing on local produce with an extensive organic wine list, served against a backdrop of Trinity Bay.

Other facilities available to guests staying at the hotel include a swimming pool, spa, conference and function facilities, and a CBD shuttle service.

With new management in place, Taisei Kanko will now look to establish the property as an independent hotel that captures the tropical Cairns ambience.

New signage will be unveiled as part of the relaunch rollout, and a new website - - went live today.

Additionally, the owners will commence plans for a refresh of rooms, involving new furnishings and an upgrade to bathrooms.

Mr Macdonald said that he is thrilled to be appointed General Manager of a hotel that has played such an important role in Cairns' tourism development.

Hotel website

Cairns Harbourside Hotel
Cairns Harbourside Hotel
209-217 the Esplanade
Cairns North, 4870
+61 7 4080 3000