Tourism Minister meets with GKI investors in Singapore
SINGAPORE: The family hoping to bring Great Keppel Island back to its former glory have met with Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones during her trade and investment mission.
In her meeting with the Wei family in Singapore, Ms Jones said GKI had been sitting there for too long.
"We know this investment will open the island up for families locally and also internationally," she said.
"Asian tourism is worth $2.8 billion annually to Queensland and the Wei family aims to increase that spend on the Capricorn Coast through their planned investment in Great Keppel Island.
"Our market research shows Asian tourists are looking for that luxury escape and that's exactly what great Keppel Island offers."
Isabella Wei said she was delighted the Minister had made time to hear first hand what the family was planning.
"I'm very happy, thrilled and excited because her coming to Singapore will mean a great lot of support from the Government."
Mrs Wei and her husband CK have a fully signed contract on all of Tower Holdings development approved land holdings on the island.
Ms Jones told them the State Government would do everything they could to see the development go ahead.
The island's resort has been closed since 2008.
The Wei family plans will be in accordance with the 2013 approvals, following assessments by the Queensland and Australian Governments.
They include a six star hotel, a family-oriented resort and villa developments catering for everyone from prestigious clients to local families.