On 28 October 2017, the government announced a proposed Global Tourism Hub (GTH) for Tropical North Queensland, bringing a dynamic new tourism opportunity to the region.

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.

The Queensland Government has identified its preferred site for the development of the Tropical North GTH by partnering with Ports North. The site is on Port North's strategic port land within the Cityport precinct at Wharf Street, Cairns. It comprises of a total area of approximately 4.4 hectares, across two sites as shown in the map below. Both sites are available as part of the project.

Tropical North Global Tourism hub aerial view site

Preferred site map

Cityport precinct

The Queensland Government’s preferred site at the Cityport precinct, March 2018

Tropical North Global Tourism Hub procurement process

Commencing in 2017, a multi-phase procurement process is being conducted by the State for the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub.

Indicative project timeline

30 October 2017

Registration of Interest process commenced

23 January 2018

Registration of Interest closed

May 2018

Government release of Expression of Interest

September 2018*

Expression of Interest closed

Q1 2019

Request for Detailed Proposals released

Q2/Q3 2019

Request for Detailed Proposals responses and evaluation

Q3/Q4 2019

Preferred Proponent announced and transaction documents signed

Q3/Q4 2020

Construction anticipated to commence

* Expression of Interest (EOI) close date amended.

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