Welcome to this weeks edition of my Cairns News Report, a complimentary ‘week in review’ of all the pertinent news stories on what’s happening around Cairns.
A few of the top news stories from last week included:
- New economic modelling shows a global tourism hub in Cairns, including a casino and hotels, could create as many as 2300 jobs;
- The push for a modest tourism levy paid by visitors at their point of accommodation to triple FNQ’s marketing budget is gaining momentum; and
- The Nullinga Dam dream has run dry with the State Government releasing a withering detailed business case that could set the project back decades.
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No Hotel on Top Spot, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jul 2019
Crystalbrook Collection’s final piece of undeveloped land in the Cairns CBD is edging closer to its transformation and it will be a stark departure from what the growing hotel empire is used to. The company, owned by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud, bought a prime half hectare block of land between Lake and Grafton streets in 2017 due to its central position and development potential.
Hotel Plans Have View to City’s Tropical Style, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Jul 2019
“Tropical urbanism” could be coming to one of the last remaining vacant lots on Sheridan St if planning approval for a new hotel complex is granted by Cairns Regional Council. Chinese owned Billion Century Group has lodged a development application to build a seven-storey residential tower, a five-storey hotel building and two-storey retail/commercial centre. Plans include 65 units, 48 hotel rooms and 98 onsite car parks.
Airline to Take-Off Under New Bosses, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Jul 2019
The growing success of a regional Far North airline has prompted a significant restructure, starting at the top. Skytrans Airlines owner and aviation expert Peter Collings has announced the appointment of Stuart Dechan as the company’s new chief executive officer, replacing Michael Thinee in the role.
Airport Secures Lounge Services, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Jul 2019
A Company that operates in 200 airports across the world will open its first Australian business lounge in Cairns Airport’s international terminal. Menzies Aviation will take over the Reef Lounge from Cathay Pacific, which is cancelling its flights to and from Hong Kong in October.
Getting the Pitch Perfect for China, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Jul 2019
Innovation is the key to success in the rapidly evolving Chinese travel market and this means working with dynamic trade partners who are abreast of the changes driving consumer choice. TTNQ China project manager Harriet Ganfield and I visited China in June to meet Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, key distribution partners and online travel platforms to consider how we move forward with our marketing strategy.
It’s Down Time for Last Crane on Skyline, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Jul 2019
After 18 months, the sun has finally set on the operation of the last tower crane at the Flynn Hotel construction site in the Cairns CBD. Yesterday in the early hours, a crack team of riggers from Brisbane moved in on the 67m high crane and by 10am, the final sections of the tower had been dismantled.
Hub Will Provide Catalyst for Jobs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Jul 2019
New economic modelling shows a global tourism hub in Cairns, including a casino and hotels, could create as many as 2300 jobs. The PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis studied similar operations in Singapore, Macau, Melbourne and Perth.
Tourism Under Microscope, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Jul 2019
The Far North’s slumping visitation numbers will take centre stage when the Queensland Parliament’s week of estimate hearings tackles tourism today. Opposition tourism spokesman David Crisafulli is expected to pepper the State Government with questions about the state of the industry in Cairns and surrounds.
Chinese Find Island Speaking to Them, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Aug 2019
FAR North tourism operators are putting a different face on our biggest drawcards to capitalise on the growing Chinese tourism market. Tourism Tropical North Queensland has been using Green Island to trial new methods for appealing to Chinese visitors.
Shop to Close in ‘Quiet’ City, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Aug 2019
JUST days before a new project aimed at revitalising the city gets under way, a Shields St retailer has revealed she will shut up shop after 20 years. Shanti Shanti owner Sailay Hamid said the past six months had been “too quiet” and she was forced to make the decision not to renew the lease on her shop a month ago.
Cairns May Get More Pokies, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Aug 2019
Electronic gambling could become more pervasive with the State Government not ruling out an increase to pokie machines if Cairns gets a new Global Tourism Hub casino development. Yesterday’s parliamentary estimates hearing on tourism heard the Government had a no-increase principle in place when it came to the Gold Coast’s global tourism hub.
Dam Plan Runs Dry, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Aug 2019
The Nullinga Dam dream has run dry with the State Government releasing a withering detailed business case that could set the project back decades. Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham (below) will today rule out funding the crucial water security project after a Building Queensland study found the economics did not stack up.
Buyers to Check in as City Hotel Hits Market, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Aug 2019
A Premium hotel has hit the market as its Chinese owners try to cash in on rising interest in hospitality investment across Cairns. The Hotel Cairns’ owner, a Chinese-based investment firm, bought the property for more than $8 million in 2014 after its previous owners went into receivership.
Optimism Over NAIF, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Aug 2019
A Cairns business leader has complete faith in the NAIF delivering at least one project for the Far North before the end of the year. It comes as the Senate calls for submissions for its new inquiry into the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Agenda, which will examine the effectiveness of the NAIF (Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility) over the past four years since it was announced.
Port Floats Fee Fix Plan, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Aug 2019
DIVE operators are sceptical about a newly proposed commercial agreement being offered by Ports North to resolve a longrunning dispute about exorbitant fees at Cairns Marina. The State-owned corporation has proposed an independent review process – something the operators have been asking for, for several months – as a condition of the commercial agreements, based on a user-pays principle.
Anger Over Mothballing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Aug 2019
Nullinga Dam proponents are fired up at the ditching of the Atherton Tableland water storage facility and say the stalling of the project will set back growth in the Far Northern agricultural industry 30 years. The State Government said the final detailed business case recommended that the proposed dam not go ahead and “alternative water supply options for the Far North” will now be investigated.
Industry on Board With Tax Proposal, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Aug 2019
AIRBNB has joined some of tourism’s biggest names calling for a visitor levy to more than triple Far North Queensland’s marketing budget with the stroke of a pen. The push for a modest tourism levy paid by visitors at their point of accommodation is gaining momentum with proponents aiming for concrete bipartisan support well before next year’s state election.
Project to Build on Fresh Trends, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Aug 2019
Emulating a metro trend, Mi Haven Development has plans to pair small inner city office space with two-bedroom units a stone’s throw from the CBD. The award-winning company has plans to further expand its inner city low-cost accommodation empire and this week lodged a development application with Cairns Regional Council for a property in Parramatta Park.
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