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Two Australian Mega Resorts & Casinos Granted Casino Licences
- May 27, 2014 By Staff Writer -
You could be forgiven for thinking that America is the only country in the world that has mega casinos, resorts and online casinos, after all all the talk in recent months has been of Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey and their success or failures since they offered legal online gambling, and the continuing troubles of certain casinos in Atlantic City. On the other side of the coin the state of Queensland in Australia are planning two mega resorts, both of which will be granted casino licences as when the projects are given the go ahead.
Last year the Queensland Government decided to offer two gaming licences to constructors willing to build world class integrated resorts in the area, and they have today reported that the two projects in Aquis and Cairns respectively will both be granted those casinos licences, though both resorts are still at the early planning stage and must gain certain other approvals before the casino licences can be granted fully.
Jeff Seeney, The Deputy Premier of the Queensland Government had this to say this morning in regard to the two multi-million dollar projects. He said, “There’s no doubt now that if either of those proponents develop those projects they will be entitled to a gaming licence. This is about growing the Queensland tourism industry and ensuring we maintain our international competitiveness.”
The Aquis Project
The Aquis Resort is planned for Yorkeys Knob located just 15 minutes from Cairns, and the resort will be spread across 340 hectares and include not only a casino, but a total of eight hotels, a golf course, theatres, lakes and an island, and be built at a cost of $8.15billion.
The Broadwater Marine Project
The Broadwater Marine project is planned for the Gold Coast and will include a casino and hotel, but will also include a 50-storey tower and a host of low-rise residential buildings, as well as a new marina and the possibility of a new cruise ship terminal too, all of which will cost in the region of $7.5billion to build.
Both locations were chosen ahead of Airlie Beach, Great Keppel, Nerang and Proserpine because of their location to international airports, but also because both have high levels of existing tourism already, and no doubt the new facilities will only strengthen tourism in the area.