Brisbane’s new runway gave one of the biggest tourism investors the confidence to pour billions of dollars into new entertainment and accommodation precincts at Queen’s Wharf and the Gold Coast.
Geoff Hogg The Star Entertainment Group Managing director Queensland, said the airport’s new runway, the new cruise ship terminal and the Gold Coast airport upgrades helped them get plans for their massive developments at the old Jupiters on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane’s CBD moving.
“When going through Queen’s Wharf and our developments at the Gold Coast knowing that there is an investment plan both at the Brisbane Airport, but also the Gold Coast airport, it was really critical to give us the confidence to invest,” Mr Hogg said.
Future Aviation, a two-week series launched this week in partnership with Brisbane Airport, Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane City Council and PwC, will highlight the opportunities of the new runway which opens in the middle of next year.
Mr Hogg said the new runway was not just a gateway to Brisbane, but a gateway for tourism to Queensland.
“Any growth in the international flights and direct flights coming into Brisbane benefits the whole of the state from a tourism perspective,” he said.
“For us, investing with Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane knowing that the expansion of the airports coming on board, the extra airlines they are getting, the infrastructure with the cruise ship terminal, both of those really create Brisbane as a gateway city.
“And that’s really critical when you’ve seen cities around the world that have expanded, it’s been off the ability for them to become gateways and connections.
“Because Brisbane really is a gateway airport to the state you don’t just get that benefit within the Brisbane area.”
Source: Courier Mail