Monday 31 January 2011 (5:00pm AEDST)
Based on the advice from various meteorological sources, Hamilton Island has started to take precautionary measures for the potential onset of Cyclone Yasi. It is expected that the initial effects of the cyclone will reach Hamilton Island tomorrow afternoon with the cyclone itself expect to cross into the area on Wednesday.
As the safety of guests, staff and residents is paramount for Hamilton Island management we have now made the early decision to stop taking bookings as of this morning for new arrivals over the next seven days.
We have also asked guests on the Island to postpone the remainder of their holiday and are assisting them with rescheduling their flights to depart today.
Guests will have the option of taking the remainder of their holiday at another time.
Systematic staff evacuation will also take place over the next couple of days. Buses to Brisbane have been arranged for staff members who cannot get on to flights.
There are currently around 1200 guests on the island and a population of 900 staff and 200 residents.
At this time of year, cyclones are a fairly normal occurrence in the northern part of Australia. As such, Hamilton Island is well prepared. It has the biggest commercial airport in the region as well as its own power and water infrastructure facilities.
Extensive operational procedures are being put in place with external areas of the Island being tidied and yachts now being secured at the marina. Fuel supplies are being checked to ensure we have adequate provision for emergency generators and catering is being put in place for those who remain on the Island.
Hamilton Island experienced strong winds but did not sustain any damage from last night’s Cyclone Anthony.
For further information:
Group PR Manager
0417 654 474
Group Communications Manager
0416 036 713