The voices calling for a second casino on the Gold Coast are getting louder, with the Mayor, State Government and Opposition welcoming international heavy hitters to bid for the license.
The State Government is taking global expressions of interest, after already meeting with juggernauts Caesars Entertainment and Hard Rock.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones told MyGC the Government need to know if Gold Coasters want a second casino.
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“What we have said is that we’ll work with the Gold Coast community to see if there is an interest in having another casino, or a brand new global tourism hub,” she said.
“What we are seeing is that major international players are saying they’d love to invest in the Gold Coast.”
The Broadwater MP, and shadow Tourism Minister, David Crisafulli says the Liberal National Party are open to the idea of another casino as long is there is not an increase in poker machine licenses.
“The community’s been very strong about the Gold Coast not turning into slot machine central,” hes said.
Earlier this month the Palaszczuk confirmed they would not be granting anymore licenses on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has had one of the strongest voices pushing for a second casino and says it’s fantastic news the State Government is looking at international businesses.
“It’s a welcome note, it’s going to create an additional money to our economy, increase our tourism offering,” he said.
It is going to continue to put us on the tourism world map.”