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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hotel/Motel, Restaurant and Caravan Park Complex for Hobart Airport -

Hotel/Motel, Restaurant and Caravan Park Complex for Hobart Airport - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings today joined with property developer Ali Sultan to announce an $8 million accommodation and caravan park development at Hobart Airport.

?The development will comprise a four star hotel/motel with 60 rooms, a restaurant, caravan park, service station, convenience store, car wash and caf´┐Ż,? Ms Giddings said.

?The hotel/motel and restaurant fulfils an important need for this type of accommodation near the airport and the caravan park will be a most welcome piece of infrastructure particularly for the visitors who bring their caravans with them on the three ships.

?The construction of the development will commence in October next year and will create around 100 jobs during the construction phase.

?It is expected that the development will create more than 30 new jobs in total with the hotel/motel and restaurant creating around 20 new jobs, the service station, convenience store and cafe around 10 jobs and the caravan park approximately 2 new jobs.

?The impetus behind this development is the large numbers of visitors coming to the state each year,? Ms Giddings said.

?This development is yet another indication of the confidence that investors have in the Tasmanian economy at present,? Ms Giddings said.

?It comes on the back of last week?s record private new capital expenditure figures which showed that over the past year, investment in Tasmania rose by more than 54 per cent reaching $1.194 billion.

?Clearly investors believe that Tasmania is open for business and that belief will help to sustain the economic growth and momentum we have experienced over the last few years.

?At present in the state we have around $600 million of tourism infrastructure either planned or underway.

?Today?s announcement follows a number of recent announcements and developments by Ali Sultan including the Quest on Collins Hotel at 58 Collins Street which was announced earlier this year and which will commence construction in January,? Ms Giddings said.

The development is planned for a site near the roundabout at the entrance to Holyman Drive, not far from the site of the $100 million retail development announced last month.


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