Queensland Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality update – October 2018

19 October 2018

For Queensland tourism to stay ahead of the game, investment in infrastructure will undoubtedly help. Things like the third runway at Brisbane airport will bring in more direct flights from India and China and we've seen talk recently of the Queensland government investing in mainland power and water to Great Keppel Island and certainly, developers of resorts in that area will benefit from that. There was talk in the paper recently about investment in low impact bridges to some of the Moreton Bay Islands.

I think major events, whether they be cultural or sporting related, will also attract tourists to Queensland in droves. Look at the impact that the Commonwealth Games has had on Queensland tourism since. Similarly, more movies are being shot in Queensland such as Thor, parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Aquaman and San Andreas and that always creates international exposure for Queensland.

We’ll see an increase in focus in eco-tourism and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism in Queensland over the next few years. Certainly, the overseas visitors are creating the interest in these areas, so we're seeing things like the new zip line being built at Mt. Coot-tha and boardwalks being opened in our national parks, so people can visit the waterfalls and other sights. Also the new HOTA cultural precinct on the Gold Coast, with its new outdoor stage and the construction of the new five story art gallery.

Obviously, Brisbane hasn't been forgotten either. Projects such as the Queen's Wharf development will bring tourists to Queensland and hopefully, have a similar impact like the Marina Bay Sands did in Singapore.

If you have any question about tourism, leisure or hospitality, please feel free to contact me.

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