PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the Queensland Government is pushing ahead with its plans for a Global Tourism Hub on the Gold Coast, which would likely include a second casino.
Today she will ask for registrations of interest for the “best proposal that would boost the tourism and entertainment offering for the city”.
Potential proponents will have until April to register their interest.
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It follows intense backlash from a number of local residents as well The Star, who claims its $2 billion Broadbeach Masterplan is already the tourism hub for the city.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the government would only approve a global tourism hub that delivered new entertainment venues, convention space, high end retail and dining and luxury hotels.
“This could be a game-changer for the Coast,” Ms Jones said.
“As global tourism hubs are developing around the world we are seeing a greater focus on entertainment, high-end retail and convention centre markets, not gaming revenue.
“That’s why today I can announce we will cap the gaming footprint of any new development at five percent of gross floor area.
“We expect a Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub to create more than 6000 local jobs and attract an extra million tourists each year.
“We’ve already had strong interest from the global market since the decision was made in August 2017 to retain a casino licence on the Gold Coast – to build a new global tourism hub for the city.
“In fact, this has been talked about for more than six years and we are determined to get the best outcome for the Gold Coast.”
Ms Jones said to ensure that the Gold Coast community had a say on the design, scope and location the state government would establish a Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel to advise the government throughout the procurement process.
“We’re not going to say yes to anything that does not have the strong support of the Gold Coast tourism industry and broader community,” Ms Jones said.
“The Panel, chaired by prominent Gold Coaster John Witheriff will include representatives from City of Gold Coast, Destination Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport, local business and community.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the council was committed to working with the state government to deliver a quality new global tourism hub for this city.
“Today is a great day for the Gold Coast,” he said.
“While tourism continues to grow, unless we invest in new opportunities we risk losing market share.
“The previous state government created this casino licence to help Gold Coast reach our tourism potential.
“We’ve lobbied really hard to ensure the Palaszczuk Government honours this licence for the Gold Coast Community.
“We know a global tourism hub will support thousands of new jobs for Gold Coast and has the potential to take tourism to a whole new level.”
Mayor Tate said City of Gold Coast would work with the State Government to advise on suitable sites.