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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier applauds Dreamworld’s multi-million dollar Tiger Island revamp

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, February 28, 2016

    Premier applauds Dreamworld’s multi-million dollar Tiger Island revamp

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Dreamworld’s Tiger Island – including a massive new stadium and themed shopping and dining outlets - will create 80 new jobs during construction.

    Ms Palaszczuk said Dreamworld has marked many important milestones during its 34 years as tourist magnet for the Gold Coast and now work on another pace-setting attraction is starting.

    “Dreamworld already has a 1,200 strong workforce during peak times, and is one of the biggest employers on the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “This new development will create 80 more jobs, underlining Dreamworld’s confidence in Queensland’s economy and in particular, the tourism sector.”

    After turning the first sod at the redevelopment, the Premier said the plans are very impressive.

    “A covered stadium for 500 people is a big plus, and will be a huge drawcard for Dreamworld’s 1.8 million guests per year,” she said.

    “Strategically placed windows will allow guests to safely come face-to-face with a tiger, while expanded facilities like splash pools will ensure the stars of the show are well looked after.”

    The Premier said the redevelopment of Tiger Island by Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure is another shot in the arm for Queensland tourism especially in the lead-up to and including the Commonwealth Games.

    “The Gold Coast has long been home to Australia’s premier theme parks, which are crucial to attracting millions of tourists each year.

    “Last year to September, 4.4 million visitors spent millions and millions of dollars on the coast.

    “And the number of Chinese visitors attracted to the Gold Coast is a stand-out, up by more than 13% over the last year.

    “And while the private sector continues to invest, we will work with airline partners to secure more flights in and out Gold Coast and Queensland in the years to come.”

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