Covid kills off ambitious plans for Global Tourism Hub in Cairns

Plans to build a global tourism hub in Cairns have been shelved following the impact of Covid-19 on international travel.

“At this time, this is not realistic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – we won’t commit prime waterfront real estate in Cairns if we can’t be certain that what will be delivered will bring thousands of extra tourists and give the tourism industry a leg up,” said Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

“The proposals we received just didn’t cut the mustard and didn’t represent value for the people of Cairns.”

Last year the Queensland Government shortlisted three companies to develop detailed proposals for the Cairns Global Tourism Hub – Hard Rock International; Reef Casino Joint Venture; and The Star Entertainment Group.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said they will now continue to focus on projects that will further Far North Queensland’s economic recovery.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our economy,” he said. “I’ll continue to work with the Minister and the local tourism industry to fast-track projects that will create jobs and pump cash back into local businesses.”