John Stavrou, Chief Executive Officer, AQUIPLAN -
27th August 2004
Man Australia continues to explore the world of property
developers, who are making ground breaking achievements
in the Whitsunday - Airlie Beach region, in tropical
our recent working holiday of the Whitsundays, we
met with some of the regions most successful and respected
property developers, including the gentleman who made
the deal with Ivana Trump, Mr John Stavrou.
Stavrou discusses his business, life and the appeal
of the Whitsundays.
you think you have seen and heard it all, in the property
business, think again.
What is the big appeal of the
Whitsunday region is extremely popular with our overseas
tourists. It is very close to the Great Barrier Reef,
it has 74 magical islands and magnificent waterways
along with forests and numerous other draw cards.
Is it any wonder that it is one of the most popular
destinations. I have met tourist that have been back
to the Whitsunday region time and time again. Airlie
beach is young and alive.......
local population is only now starting to wake up and
notice what a beautiful place this is and it is right
in our own back yard.
did you realize that there was a huge opportunity
to establishing exclusive residences, penthouses and
such on Airlie?
in the 80's thanks to Keith Williams of Hamilton Island...a
the level of interest been like?
every corner of the world. So many rich and famous
people have slipped in and out of Airlie Beach often
without being detected. Perhaps there is a lesson
to be learnt here, Why do these people keep coming
the key to being a successful property developer?
am flattered that you have asked me this question.
The same key that applies to everything in life...Stay
focused on your goals and always do what you say you
will do. You only fail or succeed when you say you
can you disclose to us about how the Ivana Trump deal
don't know what else there is to disclose, we met
quite some time ago and agreed to create something
do you most admire or respect about Ivana?
integrity, knowledge style and grace.
important was the naming rights to you i.e.: Ivana
Great Barrier Reef?
project is about style, grace, beauty and luxurious
living...could it be named anything else?
do you consider the highlights of your career?
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays back in the early
80's and teaming up with my business partner, Niko
other property developers are doing exciting things
development in Airlie Beach is exciting but the ones
that really stand out are the top tier developers
such as Kevin Seymour (Seymour Group) and Karen &
Craig Lyons. They see the beyond the horizon and will
be placed to benefit from the inevitable.
is it important that the Ivana offering remain exclusive
and invitation only?
would like to quote Ivana ... " I have everything
in the world, thank God, but something I don't have
very often is privacy." I have met many people
through Ivana that desire that very simple thing in
life..a paparazzi free zone.
the "Hollywood" appeal of Airlie?
a perfect place, " 9 months of glorious weather
and then you get Summer !! " Airlie is proof
that you are alive and we only live once.
important are relationships in your line of business?
developments are not about one person, they are created
by many people.
other projects have you got on the go?
Apartments, 17 waterfront apartments and Le Sands
Airlie Beach. We have also purchased 440 Hectares
on the Whitsunday Coast perhaps one of the most breathtaking
sites we have ever owned.
the biggest misconception about property developers?
don't know, perhaps I should ask some people what
they think about us....I do know that we are no different
to anyone else.
media attention have you attracted?
project has been a hot topic for the press. We have
been featured in numerous publications ranging from
financial through to gossip magazines. Television
and radio have also been running with the project
on a regular basis. The internet is also a source
of information with the Media
Man Australia, Financial
Review and other quality sources reaching a world
your thoughts on entertainment industry ties ins with
game is becoming more and more sophisticated. At the
end of the day we are seeing better quality product
being produced with attention to the market needs.
you confirm Sir Richard Branson' interest in Airlie?
I am not in a position to do that.
you planning any Gala nights with live entertainment
and such, under the AQUIPLAN or Ivana banner? (I know
this is an unusual question, Craig and Karen had a
great deal of success with theirs).
there will be in the near future. I wish I could tell
you more but at this stage, but I can't.
kind of return on investment can Whitsunday investors
expect on exclusive residences and apartments?
Great Barrier Reef will be for the exclusive use of
the residents only. Their return will be privacy,
security and luxury, some people want nothing more.
kind of tax relief and incentives can you offer investors?
relief would probably be short lived. With the area
growing faster than any other in Australia capital
gains and returns may very well be a tax burden. It
is a nice problem to have.
is an efficient airline service to Hamilton Island
to important to business in the region?
know that this is a growth area and more resources
have been put into this region to attract the tourist
dollar. Stay tuned though...International carriers
are in a holding pattern, when they land watch the
place explode with growth.
attributes to you look for in alliances, employees,
and those that you do business with?
Authenticity but most of all Passion. Niko Aquilina
and I expect nothing less.
do you maintain "the edge"?
learn and keep an open mind.
do you consider your mentors?
around me gives me inspiration and guidance.
are your thoughts on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice"?
is a smart businessman, but then again he did get
fired himself some years ago....
do you do to relax?
is also a passion, perhaps I will find the time soon
to do some.
the best thing about Airlie for you?
able to visualize Airlie Beach ten years from now.....it
is going to be "The Best" for many people.
do you go to relax?
go to Airlie Beach.
note: If you are looking for lifestyle, comfort, privacy
and many of life's other indulgences, you need to
see the Whitsundays for yourself. The Whitsundays
are simply world class.
Chief Executive Officer
B. 61 2 9283 7070
F. 61 2 9283 7071
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