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Queensland Premier backs Global Tourism Hub

Wed, Mar 6, 9:19am by Staff Writer

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed that the Queensland Government is pushing ahead with its plans for a Global Tourism Hub on the Gold Coast.

The Premier asked for registrations of interest for the “best proposal that would boost the tourism and entertainment offering for the city,” according to the MyGC website.

Potential proponents will have until April to register their interest.

The news comes after backlash from local residents, as well as The Star, who claim its $2 billion Broadbeach masterplan is already the tourism hub for the city.

Star keen on new concert venue

The Star Entertainment Group is said to be keen on adding a new concert venue to its precinct that would attract high-profile performers.

The group’s chief executive officer Matt Bekier says the proposed entertainment offering would help the Gold Coast compete with Australia’s major capital cities to host major acts from around the country and the globe.

“An outdoor venue that can stage concerts of small and large scale would drive great cut-through and further enhance the Gold Coast as a music destination,” Mr Bekier said.

The Star’s recent announcement comes after the second Gold Coast casino’s ‘Global Tourism Hub’ looks to compete with the existing offering on the Coast.

The tourism hub would seek to attract high-profile music acts, contain apartments, a shopping centre and a gaming venue.

The Queensland state government introduced the Global Tourism Hub concept as one that involves the construction of integrated resorts across the state.

The plan aims to attract national and international investment and is expected to boost

Queensland’s A$25 billion tourism industry that supports more than 200,000 jobs.

Mr Bekier says the Star Entertainment Group wants this proposed venue to be an ‘asset’ to the local community and be embraced as part of the city’s fabric.

“What a wonderful example of the Gold Coast lifestyle to be able to listen to concerts across the water, whether its rock, jazz, classical, or an event that appeals to all ages,” he added.

The Star has partnered with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions and hosted the TV Week Logies at Broadbeach in recent times.

Mr Bekier is keen to enhance Gold Coast’s existing music scene, with the Star supporting the Blues on Broadbeach festival and hosting the Country Music Awards in the past.

“The Star Gold Coast theatre is an established venue and has regular performances by leading musical acts,” he says.

The outdoor concert venue proposal is still taking shape and The Star Entertainment Group will need to secure all necessary approvals according to Bekier.

The existing Star Casino on the Gold Coast has recently been approved for A$2 billion in upgrades, with a company spokesman outlining it was focused on expanding its facilities and not on a potential new local player.

“The Gold Coast is not the most attractive market for a new integrated resort and casino, in our view, relative to other regions within Australia.”

The Star Casino’s masterplan includes a commitment to no more poker machines for the Gold Coast and would integrate tourism assets across the Star Gold Coast, Queens

Wharf Brisbane and the Sheraton Grand Mirage to A$9 billion.

The Star Gold Coast was formerly known as Jupiters Casino until 2007 after opening in 1986.

The seven-acre complex includes eight bars, seven restaurants, conference facilities, a ballroom, theatre, health spa and gym.

The hotel has 592 rooms across 21 floors.

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,” she said.

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.

“The previous state government created this casino license to help Gold Coast reach our tourism potential.

“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,” Cr Tate said.

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