Monarto Zoo has unveiled a private investor to build a luxury resort and glamping site and plans to re-brand the site.
‘Monarto Safari Park’ will be the new name, with a $40 million expansion to be privately funded by Australian businessman Gerry Ryan OAM.
Zoos South Australia Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said the investor will bring the multi-million development to life.
“Mr Ryan is a highly successful business leader and has extensive experience when it comes to developments in the tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors," Ms Bensted said.
“The expansion will see Mr Ryan build a luxury resort with hotel rooms, conference, function and restaurant spaces and eco-glamping facilities, giving our visitors the extraordinary opportunity to experience a luxury sleepover at Monarto Safari Park for the first time by 2022."
Gerry Ryan OAM said he was thrilled to be investing in the redevelopment.
“Monarto Safari Park is a standout tourism offering, and this expansion will provide visitors with an unsurpassable safari experience that will attract domestic and international visitation,” says Mr Ryan.
“Tourism is a key growth sector which has a hugely positive impact on the local economy with the creation of jobs, and by attracting tourists to the region to stay in this unique accommodation.
“I believe Monarto is a jewel in South Australia’s crown and the aim of this development is to create a truly memorable safari experience second only to a safari in Africa."
The new development is also expected to create around 223 FTE positions in the lead up to completion and once in opperation, 90 FTE positions to run facilities and support the increased demand.
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