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Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub

Global Tourism Hubs are part of the government’s plan to boost tourism on the Gold Coast, creating thousands of new jobs and boosting domestic and international visitors.

Project overview

The Global Tourism Hub project presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance the tourism and entertainment offering for the city and deliver a legacy for generations to come.

On 5 March 2019, the Queensland Government began a world-wide search for the best proposal to deliver a Global Tourism Hub on the Gold Coast.

Tourism is a leading industry for Queensland, injecting $27 billion into the economy each year and supporting 236,000 jobs.

Global Tourism Hubs offer outstanding opportunities for Queensland to enhance its tourism offerings and compete on the world stage. For the Gold Coast, it will create a new world-class tourist attraction that grows the existing tourism pie. It will boost tourism, strengthen the economy and create thousands of jobs.

The Queensland Government will only consider Global Tourism Hub proposals that deliver:

  • New entertainment venues
  • Convention space
  • High-end dining and retail experiences
  • Luxury hotels
  • If gaming is to be included, it is to be limited to five per cent or less of the resort gross floor area.

The Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub will:

  • Provide the next generation of careers and employment for the Gold Coast
  • Pave the future for Australia’s sixth largest city, with a population forecast to double in the next 35 years
  • Celebrate the natural beauty and iconic Gold Coast locale
  • Reinforce the region’s reputation as Australia’s tourism capital
  • Create new opportunities for existing businesses in the Gold Coast region
  • Support future infrastructure requirements
  • Provide significant community benefit, including open space, entertainment, recreational and cultural facilities.

Read more about the background of the Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub, competitive market process and site selection on our About Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub page.

Benefits

  • Reinvigorate key locations and communities

  • Attract locals and tourists to the area

  • Support regional jobs and investment

Community engagement

To ensure the Gold Coast community has a say on the design, scope and location, a Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel has also been established to advise the government throughout the procurement process.

The Panel, chaired by prominent Gold Coaster John Witheriff, includes representatives from City of Gold Coast, Destination Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport, local business and community.

Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel

The Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel (TAP) is an independent group advising the Queensland Government on key issues for the Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub (GTH) including:

  • Strategies to assist the community to be kept informed of the project
  • How the project can best support the key objectives of growing tourism, jobs and new opportunities for Gold Coast businesses
  • Ensuring a balanced approach to fostering economic opportunity and addressing community expectations
  • Ensuring the Gold Coast’s interests, as Australia’s premier tourism destination, are heard and considered in the GC GTH process

The Panel conducted an independent study of community sentiment about a possible future GTH on the Gold Coast from May 2019 to June 2019. The Panel sought to gauge community sentiment by undertaking individual consultations with key industry, business and community stakeholders, hosting focus groups, conducting an online survey and receiving public submissions.

Terms of Reference (PDF, 177KB) for the Gold Coast TAP.

The Gold Coast TAP provided its report to Government in September 2019. The report calls for new hotels, resorts and attractions to entice more international tourists to the Gold Coast. The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail, released the TAP report on 21 November.

The full Gold Coast TAP’s (PDF, 1.5MB) report.

  • What engagement activities will be undertaken for the project?

    The Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub is coordinated by a dedicated project team within the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, supported by the Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel (TAP). The Gold Coast TAP undertook community consultation between May and June 2019, the findings of which can be read in the Gold Coast Tabs report  (PDF, 1.5MB).

  • Who is on the Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel and what role does it play?

    The Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel is an independent group advising the Queensland Government on key issues for the Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub (GTH) including:

    • Strategies to assist the community to be kept informed of the project
    • How the project can best support the key objectives of growing tourism, jobs and new opportunities for Gold Coast businesses
    • Ensuring a balanced approach to fostering economic opportunity and addressing community expectations
    • Ensuring the Gold Coast’s interests, as Australia’s premier tourism destination, are heard and considered in the GC IRD process

    The Panel consists of prominent Gold Coast community members to leverage the engagement with community groups, businesses and individuals. Panel members include:

    • John Witheriff, Chairman, MinterEllison Gold Coast (Panel Chair)
    • Tony Cochrane, Chairman, Gold Coast Suns
    • John Morris, Board Director, Destination Gold Coast
    • Dale Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, City of Gold Coast; and
    • Chris Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast Airport (until 30 June 2019).
  • What engagement is being undertaken by the Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel and how will this inform the project?

    The Panel conducted an independent study of community sentiment about a possible future Global Tourism Hub on the Gold Coast from May 2019 to June 2019.

    The Panel sought to gauge community sentiment by undertaking individual consultations with key industry, business and community stakeholders, hosting focus groups, conducting an online survey and receiving public submissions.

    Read the Gold Coast TAP’s report.

  • What are the Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel’s Terms of Reference?

    Terms of Reference  (PDF, 177.2KB) were developed in May 2019.

    To ensure the Gold Coast community has a say on the design, scope and location, a Gold Coast Tourism Advisory Panel has also been established to advise the government throughout the procurement process.

    The Panel, chaired by prominent Gold Coaster John Witheriff, includes representatives from City of Gold Coast, Destination Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport, local business and community.

Contact us

  • Online form
  • Mail:
    Tourism Development Projects Division,
    Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation,
    PO Box 15168, City East, QLD, 4002

Resources

You can read our resources including documents that are a collection of project background information.

Last updated: 06 Jul 2020