Approval means Queensland could have seven casinos

QUEENSLAND could have seven casinos after State Cabinet this morning approved three more licences for the state.

But the casino proposals submitted must involve an integrated resort development to attract high-class, high-spending international tourists.

Premier Campbell Newman said one licence would be attached to the development of the government precinct which takes in two blocks near Parliament House at the end of George St.

He said there were other tourism developers throughout the state already expressing an interest in such world-class, five and six star developments that would likely bid for the other two.

Mr Newman said the proposals must be of the calibre of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore or Crown Casino in Melbourne.

He said he wanted dazzling architecture that would blow Queenslanders away."… something that says 'wow this is an exciting place'," he said.

Mr Newman said he believed the tourism industry was bleak without such developments as a drawcard.

He said they would add something to Queensland natural beauty.

Mr Newman said gambling revenue was not a consideration, that he was only concerned about tourism dollars into the state.

He said the people gambling would be international tourists, not necessarily locals.


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