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It’s a Great Barrier Renaissance

With millions of dollars of investment underway in tourism and events infrastructure, a ‘renaissance’ of sorts is going on for the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) director of business and tourism events Rosie Douglas says new luxury hotels, an arts precinct, waterfront brewery and expanded marina were among the projects currently underway.

The Cairns Convention Centre will have an expansion with an additional 3000 square metres of space for exhibitions, a new plenary hall and associated meeting rooms from 2019.

The Crystalbrook Collection is building three new luxury hotels in Cairns with Riley, a five-star resort including a lagoon pool and private beach, the first to open in August 2018.

The group will also develop a fourth 100-room boutique hotel with 50 top-tier apartments, retail and dining areas in Port Douglas, following its acquisition of the Port Douglas Reef Marina, which will expand with 24 new berths for superyachts.

Port Douglas-based Hemingway’s Brewery is building a second brewery on the Cairns waterfront at the heritage-listed Cruise Liner Terminal, adding another option for offsite events in the city.

‘The city’s events space portfolio expanded late last year with the opening of the Cairns Aquarium and will soon expand again with the Cairns Performing Arts Centre set to open mid-2018 as part of The Precinct, which incorporates the new Munro Martin Parklands outdoor performance space,’ adds Douglas.