GOLD COAST AIRPORT HOTEL
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.