Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Saenger, P & Dutton, IM 1994, 'The Australian floating hotel project - a retrospective analysis', in Proceedings of the seventh International Coral Reef Symposium : Guam, Micronesia, 22-27 June 1992 / conducted by the University of Guam Marine Laboratory under the auspices of the Committee on Coral Reefs of the International Association of Biological Oceanographers and the International Society for Reef Studies, Guam, 22-27 June 1992, University of Guam Marine Laboratory, Mangilao, Guam, vol. 2, pp. 1023-1028.


The now defunct floating hotel project at John Brewer Reef in Queensland raised many topical, and often novel, challenges for coral reef management. This paper reviews the project history and examines the EIA and Monitoring programmes employed. It is concluded that the project was successful from an environmental perspective but failed as a business venture due to a number of singular factors in combination with inadequate market research. Two key recommendations for future developments of this type are: (a) the need to retain design and operational flexibility, and (b) the importance of an effective working relationship between all parties over the life of the project.