Queensland Tourism Industry Council demanded a new gaming license for the Great Keppel Island resort in order to allow 35 new casino tables.
Currently, the island has received permission to build casino resort projects with a $2 billion budget. Unfortunately, without a gaming license, operators could not source international finances.
The state’s government does not currently allow any further licensing. Therefore, an incoming revenue stream is not possible. Chief executive Daniel Gschwind of the Queensland Tourism Industry believes that the government should grant the sought-after license, seeing as the project will not harm the state’s gambling industry.
"I think a boutique license in a resort such as that would not add to those problems. I think there are more concerns about 24/seven online gaming, for instance. A well-managed boutique facility on an island, I don't see that adding to the social problems. So if it's enhancing our chances to be competitive as an investment destination, as a tourism destination, I think the government should consider it on its merits," Gschwind stated.
The proposed project would generate new job opportunities and will certainly attract more tourists and gamblers from all over the world. The gaming license is expected to develop new attractions and accommodations but, for now, the government vehemently opposes the proposal.