The Gold Coast Bulletin

INVESTMENT WILL PAY HUGE DIVIDENDS

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NEW attraction­s and refreshing the Gold Coast’s existing theme parks is critical to the future of the city’s tourism industry in the post COVID-19 world. Confirmati­on in Tuesday’s federal budget that internatio­nal travel will not resume until mid-2022 disappoint­ed some but this is good news for theme park operators who have millions of dollars worth of investment coming down the pipeline.

Village Roadshow, fresh from renewing its plans to build a nine-storey hotel at Movie World has doubleddow­n with a raft of new announceme­nts, in part, to mark that theme park’s 30th anniversar­y.

The pièce de résistance, a six-slidesin-one project, is set to open in time for Christmas and is sure to drive visitation to the Gold Coast over the busy school holidays season.

Other features, including the arrival of Meerkats at Paradise Country and Movie World’s Hooray for Hollywood celebratio­n are also sure to help through the winter off-season.

For years tourism bosses have argued the Gold Coast cannot afford to rest on its laurels and needs to have new drawcards on offer.

This new investment, along with Dreamworld planning its own hotel, is welcome because it not only will deliver dividends in the short-term but will set the city up to welcome visitors both new and old for many years to come.

It should also put a fire under other tourism operators to consider their own investment to ensure the whole city fires up when visitors return.

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