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Today, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney will oversee a signing ceremonybetween the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI) and the ZelongGroup from Macau.
CAEAI President Mr Raymond Wang and Mr Kyan Su Lone, Executive Director of the ZelongGroup will sign an agreement, overseen by the Mayor, for Mr Kyan's expertise to be provided tothe CAEAI in relation to a bid for a Regional Casino Licence.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the signing ceremony represents a significant step forward in makingthe construction of tourism infrastructure by the CAEAI in the Whitsunday Regional Council area a reality.
“Mr Kyan's Zelong Group is the current holder of six casino licences in Macau and Mr Kyan is also the President of the Macau ASEAN International Chamber of Commerce,” Mayor Whitney said.
“His expertise in the development of casinos will be vital for the CAEAI to progress their plans tobuild a casino in the Whitsunday region.
“This week a delegation from China has been inspecting potential sites in the Whitsunday Regional Council area for a possible casino and integrated hotel development, as well as a shopping centre and restaurant precinct.
“The next step is for the CAEAI to progress these discussions further with the State and FederalGovernments.
“To date Council has been providing strategic advice and support in relation to developmentgrowth opportunities across the region and will advocate for the opportunities to the State andFederal Governments as required,” she said.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said this week’s meetings with the delegation from China have further built on the relationships forged during our trade mission to China late last year.
“The delegations potential investment in the Whitsunday Regional Council area will be an immense economic boost to the region,” she said.
“Any investment in infrastructure will mean more tourists to the region and a boost to existingbusinesses.
“Also, the potential expansion of the Whitsunday Coast Airport to allow international flights will not only increase direct visitors to the region, but also allow direct exports of our regions horticulture, aquaculture and agriculture to international markets.
“These are exciting projects which will benefit the economy of the whole Whitsunday RegionalCouncil area and the Council will continue to assist in making these investments a reality,” shesaid.
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