Australia’s premier theme park operator, Village Roadshow, has announced a $70 million investment in new attractions for the Gold Coast thanks to support from the Palaszczuk Government.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said new attractions would support the economic recovery of the tourism industry on the Gold Coast.
“New tourism infrastructure is an important part of our economic recovery plan for the Gold Coast,” the Premier said.
“To see one of the tourism industry’s largest employers investing in new attractions is a sign of great confidence in the Gold Coast.
“Because Queenslanders have been able to contain the virus, our economy has been able to open up.
“The Gold Coast is good to go. I urge Aussies, particularly those in southern states to escape the cold, come to Queensland and experience some of our world class attractions this winter.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Queensland was Good to Go thanks to the Palaszczuk Government.
“Our strong health response has allowed us to the be envy of the world, reopening the economy while the rest of the world still faces extended lockdowns,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Queensland’s plan for economic recovery has already begun and we’re seeing companies like Village Roadshow embrace that, with our unique conditions allowing them to invest in their parks to bring more tourists to Queensland.
“This is a $70 million investment that will bring domestic tourists to Queensland by the end of 2021 and when the time comes be ready for international travellers.”
Minister for Tourism Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government was backing Queensland’s tourism sector and rebuilding following the devastating pandemic.
“This is a significant commitment by Village Roadshow to Australia’s world-famous holiday destination,” Minister Hinchliffe said.
“Village Roadshow’s new attraction line-up recognises the resilience of Queensland tourism and the Australian love of a Gold Coast holiday.
“The Palaszczuk Government has proudly backed Village Roadshow through the global pandemic with our $25 million Tourism Icons program and $1 billion industry support package, that investment is paying dividends.”
Minister for Environment and Local Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon welcomed the new attractions as part of the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.
“The Gold Coast’s theme parks have always been a major draw card for tourists but the pandemic has been hard on our beloved parks,” Minister Scanlon said.
“A $70 million injection into our theme parks is a major boon for our city’s economic recovery, creating 100 new jobs and local businesses will benefit as well with more tourists coming to the Gold Coast.
“These new attractions remind Australians looking for their next holiday destination that the Gold Coast is good to go.”
Village Roadshow is Australia’s largest theme park operator employing over 4000 staff and supporting Gold Coast supply chains.
The group’s parks include Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular and Sea World Resort and Water Park.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks CEO, Clark Kirby, said these investments reaffirm the company’s ongoing commitment to the tourism industry on the Gold Coast.
“We are delighted to announce this massive line-up of new attractions for our parks in the coming months,” Mr Kirby said.
“At Village Roadshow Theme Parks, we remain committed to providing world-class attractions and experiences for our guests and this $70 million investment will play a vital role.”
Village Roadshow’s plan included three additions.
A new world-class waterslide complex at Wet ‘n ’Wild.
A new meerkat exhibit at Paradise Country
A special event ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ to mark the 30th anniversary of Warner Bros. Movie World at Coomera.
Village Roadshow’s new attractions are planned to open by the end of 2021.