Star Entertainment Group’s AU$3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane remains on track for a late 2022 opening as one of the few integrated resort developments to continue unabated this year, according to Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier.
Bekier, ranked number 18 in Inside Asian Gaming’s 2020 Asian Gaming Power 50 list announced recently, visited the construction site this week for the first time since the Australian state of Queensland closed its borders in early April.
“It’s incredible to see first-hand the progress made during what has been an incredibly difficult 2020,” Bekier said on Tuesday.
“We remain on target to open in late 2022 and remain fully committed to delivering what will be the best integrated resort in Australia.
“While domestic tourism will be the focus in the immediate future for Australian operators, we will emerge from the COVID crisis and the international borders will reopen.
“This is the only integrated resort development under construction in the world. It will be the best and freshest product on the market in two years’ time.
“We have every confidence in Queensland and in the tourism sector. We’re excited to be investing billions of dollars, together with our partners, in South East Queensland.”
A joint venture between Star and its two Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform Brisbane’s CBD with four world-class hotels, 50 restaurants, cafes and bars, 12 football fields of public space, and up to 2,000 residential apartments. It will also replace the old Treasury casino with a new and expanded gaming space.