One of the world’s best-known vacation resort entities will be saying goodbye to its Queensland resort at the end of January.

The French corporation Club Méditerranée – better known worldwide as Club Med – specialises in operating all-inclusive luxury resorts, many of them in the world’s most exotic locations. As of January 31, 2012, the holiday chain will be shuttering its sole Australian property, the Lindeman Island resort in Queensland.

One of the chain’s most iconic settings, the closing is a blow to Queensland’s tourist trade. The location is closing as a result of the downturn in worldwide tourism and natural disasters like recent cyclones, and approximately 25 local staff will be let go. The news is not all bad, as the organisation will be looking for another Australian location.

Closing the resort was not an easy decision, according to management. Popular with tourists and locals alike, Club Med took over the property in 1992, and has transitioned it over the years from a singles resort to a family-oriented venue. Worldwide, Club Med operates over 80 properties. The company was formed in 1950 by former Belgian water polo champion Gérard Blitz, and became famous worldwide for its all-inclusive price promise.

To avoid inconveniencing guests, no bookings at the Lindeman Island resort are being taken after the closing date of 31 January.

Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

December 19, 2018, 5:31 PM AEDT