Feb 12, 2016

Jupiters jackpot for Gold Coast

Jupiters jackpot for Gold Coast

The Gold Coast will be flushed with fortune if a 700-room residential extension for Jupiters comes through.

The Star Entertainment Group is looking at a expanding its current Jupiters integrated resort on the Gold Coast with a new  hotel and apartment tower.

The proposed tower along with the live sports theatre and refurbishment could increase the total investment at Jupiters to $850 million and double available rooms and apartments to 1400.

More than 1000 jobs were likely to be created during construction of the proposed tower and live sports theatre, Queensalnd Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

It could mean an increase of the workforce from 1800 to about 2300 once projects were complete, Ms Palaszczuk said.

“While the proposal is subject to various approvals and joint venture agreements, I commit my Government to work with The Star and its partners on the tower plan,” she said.

“Over the last 12 months, we have attracted more than 40,000 additional seats on international flights directly into the Gold Coast. More flights mean more nights’ accommodation in hotels, more economic activity for small businesses and more jobs on the Gold Coast.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Gold Coast continued to build its famous-for-fun reputation with 10 per cent growth and a record $1.1 billion in expenditure in the year to December.

“The Gold Coast’s total visitation grew by 6 per cent to 872,000,” she said.

The Star Entertainment Group is planning to work in joint venture with Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium on developments at all three of its properties in south-east Queensland and Sydney.

The three companies formed Destination Brisbane Consortium to successfully bid for the right to develop the Queen’s Wharf precinct in the Brisbane CBD, a $3 billion transformational project that will see a new integrated resort operational by 2022.

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