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Ardent Leisure reveals plans for AU$75m Dreamworld Resort

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World operator Ardent Leisure Group has revealed plans for the Dreamworld Resort with Evolution Group.

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Ardent Leisure Group has entered into a non-binding agreement with accommodation developer Evolution Group to develop the AU$75m resort-style hotel and tourist park.

“The hotel and tourist park will complement Dreamworld as a premium entertainment destination and add a new level of convenience for guests who will have our theme park and water park on their accommodation’s doorstep,” said Dreamworld CEO Greg Yong.

“This announcement is another positive step in the recovery of our parks post-COVID and will have a significant economic impact not only for Dreamworld, but also for the northern Gold Coast, one of Australia’s fastest-growing regional corridors.”

Dreamworld owner works with Evolution Group

“The project will create employment within the local community and contribute to the regeneration of tourism on the Gold Coast,” added Yong.

Evolution Group will fund and build the accommodation on part of the surplus land owned by Ardent Leisure adjacent to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

The accommodation will include a resort-style hotel with 250 rooms, 40 bungalows and a tourist park with 100 powered sites. There will also be restaurants and leisure facilities, such as swimming pools and a gym.

“We are incredibly excited to be taking these first steps with the Dreamworld team and we are looking forward to working collaboratively to deliver guests a range of high-quality accommodation options,” said Evolution Group’s John Robinson Jr.

Dreamworld Resort hotel and tourist park

“The Evolution Group team is a family company providing over 2,200 rooms around Australia through our resorts and accommodation houses.

“Having Australia’s favourite theme park on the doorstep of this development will certainly provide guests with action-packed getaways.”

The agreement between Ardent Leisure and Evolution Group is currently non-binding, but both parties hope to agree on final terms soon and will work with local and state authorities to obtain planning approvals.

Yong said the Evolution Group “bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project and understand the needs of the local community and travellers in relation to destination tourism projects”.

Images: Ardent Leisure Group

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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