Ports North welcomes next stage in the Cairns Cityport vision - Tropical North Global Tourism Hub

Published: 27th October 2017


Ports North today welcomed the State Government’s announcement of plans to secure the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub for Cairns.

Ports North is partnering with the Queensland Government to deliver the project and the port-owned Cityport precinct is nominated as the preferred site.
Ports North Chairman, Russell Beer, said Ports North was pleased to be partnering with the Queensland Government to pursue this destination-shaping opportunity for Cairns and the region.

“The development of the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub on Cityport land is an extension of Port’s North vision for Cityport as a tourism, accommodation and entertainment precinct which has been developed in close consultation with the Cairns community over the past 10 years,” he said. “It will deliver even greater benefits for the community and region, ahead of the original timeline. “

Mr Beer said Ports North’s vision for Cityport started more than a decade ago as an opportunity to revitalise the waterfront of Cairns - opening up the Cairns waterfront to the community and guiding commercial development and tourism infrastructure of the city.

“Ports North has an instrumental and strategic role to play in supporting this unique opportunity for Cairns and is well-placed to offer practical insights as the only Queensland port with defined legislative responsibility in tourism, economic development and tourism accommodation development.

“As the owner of the preferred site, Ports North will be delivering our responsibilities accordingly. Our involvement is consistent with our critical role in advancing tourism and regional economic development in the region,” he said.

The Tropical North Global Tourism Hub has potential to secure the Port of Cairns’ long-term future together with the Cairns Shipping Development Project by driving new vigour and opportunities including cruise shipping, marina activities and shipyard works whilst protecting cargo and other port related activities.
Mr Beer said the opportunity would safeguard and advance the Port of Cairns, protect the port cargo operations from incompatible development, and improve the port’s tourism and property business.

He said the Cairns community would continue to be consulted and have been invited to have their say about the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub.
There are a number of phases that the project needs to progress through before any concepts or designs are approved. The Queensland Government will advise the community of opportunities for input and feedback as the process progresses.

Kerry Egerton
General Manager Corporate Services
Ports North
Ph: 0410 308 360

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