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September 26, 2018 General No Comments Email Email

Business and leisure travellers are set to benefit from the Federal Government’s approval of plans to develop a new hotel equipped with conference facilities in the Gold Coast Airport’s terminal precinct.

The 4 to 4.5-star hotel will have up to 200 rooms.

Queensland Airports chief executive, Chris Mills said delivery of the facility would represent an important milestone in the development of the Gold Coast Airport precinct.

“The hotel and its integrated conference facilities will provide major improvements in terms of convenience and amenity for visitors and locals, particularly those who need to catch early morning flights.

Steven Ciobo, former Tourism Minister and now Defence Industry Minister, said the God Coast region continued to be a destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.

“Our world-class beaches, restaurants and world-heritage nature reserves means the Gold Coast continues to be a tourism hotspot for business and leisure travellers,” Ciobo said.

Gold Coast Airport

“Tourism is the backbone of our city’s economy so it is essential we provide the infrastructure for the growing demand so our local tourism operators can thrive.

“The Gold Coast has a huge opportunity to secure more corporate travellers because we know they spend more, which is this why this hotel is great news for the local economy.”

“It means more people will come to the iconic Gold Coast and we welcome the investment of more hotels and more tourism options for them while they are here.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new hotel would help the airport and associated businesses to continue to grow and thrive.

He said the new hotel and conference facilities would “significantly increase the number of people doing business in and around the airport precinct while attracting more investment into the region’s economy”.

“Our approval of the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) plans shows the Government’s commitment to supporting developments which will strengthen our economy and generate investment and jobs both during construction and into the future.”

“Construction and ongoing operation of the hotel will have positive economic impact to the region through the creation of an estimated 64 jobs, as well as the likely flow-on benefits through the demand for day to day goods and services needed to operate the proposed hotel.”

Forecasts indicate the airport will employ about 9000 people by 2037 and contribute AUD 2.3 billion to the gross regional product.

Edited by Peter Needham

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