Global Tourism Hubs (GTH) are a strategy for Queensland that delivers world class tourism infrastructure. GTHs deliver catalyst projects (including Integrated Resorts) that support city building objectives and other complementary projects, while optimising the broader community gains – regional jobs, investment and associated flow-on developments.
Criteria for future Global Tourism Hubs?
Any new regional Global Tourism Hub proposal must:
- be located within close proximity to a major population centre with a catchment of at least 150,000 people within a 70 kilometre radius of the regional centre
- be near an operational international airport or an airport that is capable of being upgraded to international standards
- have well-established transport networks and significant existing tourism infrastructure with identified growth potential
- include significant capital investment and have to commence construction within 18 months of contractual close.
Global Tourism Hubs may include:
- entertainment, recreational and cultural facilities
- five- or six-star hotels
- unique, internationally recognisable architecture with expansive high amenity public realm
- integrated resorts, including casinos and gaming facilities
- arcades, pools, salons, gyms and other recreational facilities
- meeting and conference spaces
- tourist attractions such as maritime museums and aquariums
- theatre and convention facilities
- boutique retail
- celebrity chef restaurants and bars.
Benefits of a Global Tourism Hub
Global Tourism Hubs offer outstanding opportunities for Queensland to enhance its tourism offerings. Such developments can support major events and reinvigorate key locations and communities across the state for entertainment and recreation for both locals and visitors alike.
In Queensland, tourism currently contributes $25 billion to the state's economy and supports over 225,000 jobs.
The Queensland Government is committed to supporting the growth of the tourism sector.
Global Tourism Hubs can help achieve this goal by going beyond the central physical economic opportunity by further contributing to increased international tourism and boosting the state's economy through tourism, especially in the regions.
Global Tourism Hubs secure additional regional benefits and go beyond previous developments, creating a hub for infrastructure and investment through building on and reinvigorating current developments. An example of the Integrated Resort component of a Global Tourism Hub is the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, offering a unique and vibrant new world city development for Brisbane.
While it is attracting additional visitors and investment, by its development it is offering new connectivity between Brisbane’s city centre and the river, preserving and celebrating Brisbane's heritage and delivering accessible high-quality public spaces. It is the catalyst in securing interest in new regional maritime industry expansions, supporting aviation industry expansions and offering new dining and accommodation options.
Similar to how Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is now progressing, it is envisaged that Tropical North Global Tourism Hub will bring fresh new world development, showcasing Queensland’s natural beauty and amazing offerings, giving both tourists and locals a platform to further strengthen Queensland’s tourism offering.
On 16 March 2016, it was announced that if one or both of the current regional Integrated Resort Development (IRD) proposals do not go ahead, the Queensland Government may go back to the market to seek expressions of interest for the available regional licences.
On 3 November 2016, it was announced that preliminary research was underway to test resort and gaming industry and investor interest in another regional integrated resort in Queensland.
On 28 October 2017, it was announced that a Global Tourism Hub (GTH) will go ahead on in Tropical North Queensland.