Cairns $1bn Global Tourism Hub on Back-Burner

The Queensland government’s tour of the far north to kick-off construction projects has fallen short of its $1 billion “global tourism hub” expectations.

But the state government is still pushing ahead with the $176 million redevelopment of the Cairns Convention Centre to help support the tropical city, which has been devastated by the drop in tourism due to Covid-19.

The pandemic has caused the government to end its expressions of interest development campaign as the proposals “didn’t cut the mustard”, according to tourism minister Kate Jones.

“A global tourism hub requires not only international tourists but a multi-billion-dollar investment from a global investor. At this time, this is not realistic,” Jones said. Continue here

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