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BRISBANE’S $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf project has a concrete vision of its ultra-luxury hotel and riverfront precinct.
The Rosewood Hong Kong and its 65-storey tower, which officially opened this week, is a glimpse of the future of Queensland’s biggest tourism development.
Built by Hong Kong’s uber-rich Cheng family, the hospitality jewel at Victoria Dockside is a new landmark on the Asian city’s famous skyline.
The $15 billion dynasty, major partners with the Star Entertainment Group, are now finalising negotiations to build a similarly iconic Rosewood property on Brisbane’s CBD waterfront.
“The Rosewood hotel will be one of the jewels of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort,’’ a Destination Brisbane spokesman said.
“Together with the Rosewood – one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands and hugely popular throughout Asia – we will also showcase the renowned The Ritz-Carlton brand and a double tower The Star-branded hotel below the Sky Deck.
“QWB will strengthen Brisbane’s reputation as an international tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.’’
The $3.6 billion development – currently a construction site with a very large hole in the ground – will transform the river city and draw around 1.39 million additional visitors to Brisbane each year.
Similar to the Queen’s Wharf historical connection as the birthplace of Brisbane, the Rosewood Hong Kong tower is on the former Holt’s Wharf site, dating back to 1910, and is described as a “new creative and cultural epicentre”.
Rosewood chief executive Sonia Cheng said: “With Hong Kong evolving from a business and financial centre to become a true global cultural capital, I wanted to create an iconic property that not only showcases the city’s rich history but also reflects its bright future.
“Our ambition is to create a new world standard for ultra-luxury hospitality.”
It comes as Star was named in a short list of bidders to develop a $1 billion Global Tourism Hub in Cairns, along with global rivals Hard Rock Cafe and incumbent casino operator Reef Casino.
Source: Courier Mail