The Gold Coast is preparing to take more return overseas travellers, by standing up a fourth hotel for quarantine operations.
Sofitel in Broadbeach has confirmed it’s been temporarily closed for six months while the Australian Defence Force begins setting up operations.
It comes as Queensland begins increasing its international arrivals quote up to 1,000 people a week.
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200 extra people are coming in this week alone, with that number to continue to rise over the coming weeks.
The Voco Hotel, the QT in and Crown Plaza in Surfers Paradise are the other three hotels currently closed due to quarantine.
Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says the extra hotel is necessary to ensure quarantine operations are carried out effectively.
“Those people need to be quarantined, and for a very good reason – they’re coming from an international destination.
“That of course means that we need more capacity to make sure that they are quarantined appropriately.
“That’s why we’ve stood up a fourth hotel on the Gold Coast.
“It will be staffed by police external to this district,” Superintendent Wheeler said.
There are currently 655 people in quarantine on the Gold Coast, and 4,055 in quarantine around Queensland.