Queensland Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey
More Hotels Needed For Brisbane
Victor P Taffa
The Queensland Government is supporting the push for new hotel development in Brisbane, citing it as crucial to the city’s future tourist and business destination needs.
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said recent research indicated that Brisbane needed 300 to 400 extra rooms per year to protect its reputation as one of Australia’s premier business and conference destinations.
Ms. Stuckey was speaking at the launch of the Guide to Hotel Investment in Brisbane at a function hosted by the Property Council of Australia.
“An increase in the number of hotel rooms in Brisbane is part of the Newman Government’s strategy to double revenue from tourism by 2020.” Ms. Stuckey said.
“To achieve this target we have identified a need for more hotel beds, particularly in the Brisbane CBD.”
“The most recent figures for international visitation are encouraging, with Brisbane recording an 8 % increase in total visitors in the year ending December 2012.”
“We need new hotels if we are to meet the expectations of our growing markets.”
“Asian tourists and business travellers prefer brand hotels when booking which offer the kind of full service quality not provided in serviced apartments.”
Ms. Stuckey said Brisbane was Australia’s new world city.
“The Newman Government and Brisbane City Council are working together to support private sector investment in our city.” Ms. Stuckey said.
“The tourism and construction industries are two of Queensland’s four economic pillars, and investment in these sectors will be vital to our state’s future prosperity.”
“The business events market is highly competitive and is worth more than $700 Million to the Queensland economy annually.”
Ms. Stuckey said that one event, the International Geological Congress, held in Brisbane last year, attracted 6,000 delegates and injected an estimated $22 Million into the local economy.