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.
Preferred site map
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
Government release of Expression of Interest
Expression of Interest closed
Request for Detailed Proposals released
Request for Detailed Proposals responses and evaluation
Preferred Proponent announced and transaction documents signed
Construction anticipated to commence
* Expression of Interest (EOI) close date amended.