TOURISM

 

Rod Davis has specialist skills ,and years of experience in tourism development in Asia and Tropical Australia

He has provided  management steerage from initial design development, through approvals, funding,  and then on to the project’s construction and operation, across a range of hotels and holiday apartment projects. Accor, has for example, been one of Rod’s major clients in recent years.

Understanding the needs of the tourism industry  in terms of design and marketing requirements is reflected in Rod Davis’s own experience as a hotel manager and developer. Rod Davis pioneered online sales and marketing for tourism accommodation in 1999.  Davis has developed his own boutique hotel,  the Boathouse, in Australia”s premier resort town, Port Douglas along with other properties he has built, as still partially owns . His experience in tourism was tempered by his role as former elected local leader of  Port Douglas,where he also founded and ran a local radio station. Rod has been a broadcaster and columnist in tourism regions for many years.

Rod has worked in Sri Lanka, both in tourism development and as  a volunteer manager, in post  tsunami aid work.

Accor engaged Davis for several years to project  manage thier time share portfolio  in Palm Cove and sections of their Novotel Nusa Dua,  in Bali . Resorts such a s the $25M Mango Lagoon, the $15 Beaches in Port Douglas, and the initial development of Airlie Beach’s $30M Able Point Marina saw Rod’s leadership input.

The 120 unit refurb of Port Douglas’s Reef Terraces, using fitout goods and materials imported direct to site from China has proved the success of  Rod’s informed connection with mainland China. Rod has overseen the sourcing and importation of 60 shipping containers of  resort furniture and fitment from Java, with some 20 trips in and out of Indonesia on buying missions.  Mango Lagoon

Tourism projects have their own special demands. In design terms, they must be attuned to the human senses, and require sensitive design management. In terms of sales, they not only need to attract bed night sales, but more often than not, investor sales, both needing a pitch into remote markets.  In government approval terms,they must deal with the sea-change mentality, environmental pressures, and inexperienced local governance.  Opening a hotel brings all manner of pressures, as final defects repair, prepaid bookings, and new staff, all combine in an often dramatic few weeks. In finance terms, tourism projects often face remote, ill informed board room, decision making.  Managing all these influences makes project management in the tourism game, a very sporting profession.