Chris and Warner Banks have an extensive background in the accommodation industry and now they will add Manta Bargara Resort to their list after taking over management earlier this month.
The couple, originally from New Zealand, said they had enjoyed extensive travel around the world and throughout Australia, building their career along the way.
“We were both born in New Zealand but have lived and worked in other countries before arriving in Australia in 1999,” Chris said.
“We have since then been continuously involved in the accommodation industry.
“Our involvement has taken us to Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Mackay, back to the Sunshine Coast and now to Bargara.”
The duo said their decision to move to Bargara was an easy one to make after already having the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area.
“Having briefly managed a motel in Bundaberg a few years ago we came to know Bargara and found it really appealing,” Chris said.
“We are both keen, but very average, golfers and the close proximity of the golf course and the delightful restaurants was most definitely a factor.”
Same great service at Manta Bargara Resort
The duo have taken over the reigns from the Shuttleworth family and said they hoped to continue to achieve the same great customer service that had been delivered.
“The Shuttleworth family has done an excellent job in promoting and establishing the Manta Bargara business,” Chris said.
“We would hope to build on that already established business.”
Chris said the importance of maintaining great accommodation in Bargara was a role they took very seriously.
“The tourism industry can be likened to a three-legged stool. One leg is represented by transport to the destination, that is, roads, scheduled flights, rail, etc. The second is the destination and its infrastructure and attractions and the third is accommodation,” she said.
“Tourism cannot survive without a balance of all three. It therefore, becomes important to maintain Manta Bargara as essentially tourist accommodation whether leisure or business.”
The Banks family said they were excited to take on their new endeavour and said the region was the perfect place to live, work and play.
“Manta Bargara is an independent, family run business. We look forward to meeting our guests and especially getting to know our repeat guests,” Chris said.
“We are concerned about the problems with the Paradise Dam particularly in these drought conditions, but impressed with the regional growth and its horticultural and aquaculture potential as well as its tourism potential.”
Manta Bargara Resort is located at 95-97 Esplanade, Bargara.