Queensland’s tourism industry is pegging on the approval of a planned $600 million eco-resort at Great Keppel Island to not only attract new travelers but create hundreds of new jobs.
Announced yesterday, the proposed great Keppel Island re-development on the Capricorn Coast will see a low-rise eco-tourism resort built over a period of 12 years, according to Tourism Queensland (TQ) chief executive Anthony Hayes.
Mr Hayes said despite it being a challenging couple of years this new resort would be a huge show of confidence in the future of Queensland’s tourism industry that seems to be bouncing back with a range of tourism developments and refurbishments and new airline routes and capacity.
“The process Tower Holdings has undertaken also shows the company’s commitment to the project and to the tourism potential that an eco-resort of this standard will bring to Queensland,” TQ’s head said.
In the past two years, Queensland has been focused on investing, developing and improving the tourism industry.
The gold Coast saw multi-million dollar upgrades to the Marriott, Sheraton Mirage and Paradise Resorts.
Hayman Island in the Whitsundays reopened in August last year after a multi-million dollar refurbishment and Lindeman Island was purchased earlier this year by a Chinese media group before currently undergoing a major upgrade.
After Cyclone Yasi in the Tropical North, Orpheus Island saw a multi-million dollar upgrade before re-opening last October. Dunk and Bedarra Islands are currently being rebuilt also following Yasi.
Millions of dollars have been injected into the Cairns and Port Douglas region, including a $5 million upgrade of Silky Oaks Lodge; $6 million to transform the former Rydges Port Douglas into QT Resorts; $10 million on upgrades to the Cairns Hilton and Holiday Inn and $20 million for Ports North’s redevelopment of the Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal.
On top of that an additional $25 million is about to be spent to upgrade the hotel and Cairns Pier precinct while the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has plans to upgrade with investment.
Castaways at Mission Beach had a $3 million refurbishment following damage from Cyclone Yasi and an upgrade on Townsville Sealink Magnetic Island ferry service vessels will allow possibilities to further diversifying tourism.
Increased flights will see more travellers access Queensland in domestic and international routes. The recent announcement by China Eastern Airlines will see direct flights from Shanghai to Cairns and Singapore Airlines’ low-cost off-shoot Scoot is flying into the Gold Coast.
“The Queensland Government has named tourism as one of the four pillars of the state’s economy and the Great Keppel Island development, should it gain final approval, will be another plank in our fantastic tourism product and experiences,” Mr Hayes concluded.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W