An announcement is due late this year or early next year on the developer of a global tourism hub in Cairns.
There are three firms shortlisted to develop a facility in the Cairns CBD.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said detailed proposals will come from:
- Hard Rock International
- Reef Casino Joint Venture
- The Star Entertainment Group
The shortlisted companies will be required to lodge fully-developed proposals with the government by July 2019 Ms Jones said.
“Our vision is simple – to create a world-class tourism hub in Tropical North Queensland that attracts more international and domestic tourists, who stay longer and spend more in the region,” Ms Jones said.
“That means more jobs for Queenslanders, especially in Cairns.
“In addition to the tourism benefits, a Global Tourism Hub will transform Cairns – linking the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Cairns Convention Centre and the CBD.
“We’re committed to growing the tourism industry in Tropical North Queensland. A GTH will support upgrades proposed for the convention centre and the dredging proposed for Trinity Inlet.”
In October 2017, the Government decided that a gaming licence would be offered to encourage development of world-class tourism infrastructure in the Tropical North following the withdrawal of the Aquis Yorkey’s Knob proposal.
“The three firms named today are companies with strong international and domestic reputations for delivering high quality mixed-use, hotel and entertainment and gaming projects,” Ms Jones said.
“These companies recognise that with the reef, rainforests and world heritage areas on its doorstep, Cairns has huge potential as an international hub for tourists.”
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said a Global Tourism Hub would be a game-chancer for Tropical North Queensland.
“This is all about partnering with the private sector to create sustainable jobs in Cairns. We know a Global Tourism Hub would create jobs for locals,” he said.
“Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to having a world-class entertainment hub in the middle of Cairns.”