Queensland court decision a victory for Sunshine Coast tourism

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The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa

Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) has declared the decision by Queensland’s Planning and Environment Court to reject an appeal against the Sunshine Coast Council-approved Yaroomba development, which includes an integrated Westin resort hotel, a major win for the region’s tourism sector and the overall community.

The development of the project will include a 220 room 5-Star Westin Coolum Resort & Spa, serviced apartments and extensive conference and recreation facilities just 10 minutes from the airport.

“The effective go-ahead for the Westin resort couldn’t come at a more opportune time for the beleaguered Sunshine Coast tourism sector,” said VSC Chair, David Ryan.

“We believe Council deserved high praise for their approval last year of the Westin resort development, and we congratulate the Planning and Environment Court for confirming the decision.

“The region is in desperate need for new high-quality tourism accommodation, but we equally believe that it is essential for projects to be appropriate to the Sunshine Coast’s character.

“The developers of the Westin have gone out of their way to incorporate industry-leading environmental initiatives, and significantly changed their original plans as a result of community and Council feedback.

“The new Westin resort will play a fundamental role in attracting domestic and international business to the Sunshine Coast – particularly high-yielding conference and incentive business – which was deeply impacted by the departure of the Hyatt brand from nearby Coolum.

“The Sunshine Coast has not had a new-build 5-star hotel for over three decades, which has put our tourism sector at a major disadvantage compared to other Australian destinations.

“With the upgraded Sunshine Coast Airport almost complete, it is imperative that we back up this era-changing investment with suitable new upmarket accommodation, and the approval of the Westin will undoubtedly attract further interest from developers”.

 
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