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20/06/2017 5:36 PM AEST | Updated 20/06/2017 5:41 PM AEST

Christmas Island's Mission To Reinvent Itself As A Tourist Hotspot

Once home to a notorious detention centre, the island's future is in eco-tourism.

The first eco-tourism lodge to operate within a Commonwealth National Park will be built on Christmas Island in an attempt to turn around the island's reputation.

The development is part a push by the Federal Government and local community to make Christmas Island a globally recognised eco-tourism destination.

Christmas Island is well known for its immigration processing centre, which housed hundreds of people who were seeking asylum in Australia.

Karenn Singer, the Manager of the Christmas Island Tourism Association, said the community is keen to show the world there's a lot more to the island.

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