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THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has ap­proved Queens­land Air­ports Lim­ited’s (QAL) plans for a new $50 mil­lion Ry­dges-branded ho­tel and con­ven­tion fa­cil­ity at the Gold Coast Air­port precinct, with work ex­pected to start be­fore the end of the year.

“An air­port ho­tel is some­thing that has been miss­ing at Gold Coast Air­port and now that we have the ap­proval, we can move ahead with an­other im­por­tant part of our de­vel­op­ment plan de­signed to fur­ther ac­ti­vate the precinct and ac­com­mo­date growth,” said QAL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Mills.

The planned 4- to 4.5-star ho­tel will fea­ture 192 rooms in ad­di­tion to con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties for up to 200 peo­ple, views over Kirra Beach, a rooftop bar and view­ing deck.

Ac­cord­ing to QAL by 2020 the air­port will con­trib­ute $818 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the re­gion and sup­port about 20,000 full time jobs.

Pas­sen­ger num­bers are also ex­pected to reach 16.6 mil­lion an­nu­ally by 2037 and con­trib­ute $2.3 bil­lion to the gross re­gional prod­uct.

Mon­crieff MP and De­fence In­dus­try Min­is­ter Steven Ciobo said “tourism is the back­bone of our city’s econ­omy so it is es­sen­tial we pro­vide the in­fras­truc­ture for the grow­ing de­mand so our lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors can thrive”.

Pic­tured are ren­ders of the Ry­dges ho­tel.

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