"The contemporary model of world-class, fully-integrated ‘mega resorts’ was first developed in Macau and is being implemented in a host of Asian destinations, including Singapore and the Philippines," says the Aquis website. "For Queensland (and in particular North Queensland) to compete in this international market Aquis needs to provide a high-class international standard, with multi-faceted and diverse tourism facilities. North Queensland can win the battle for the international tourism dollar with an asset like Aquis."
We're sure many serious scuba divers would love to see this project stall, as its location at the Great Barrier Reef would do nothing but bring more crowds, not to mention the environmental concerns that always come along with a project of this size. The Aquis website says it hopes to attract the Asian market, specifically the Chinese middle and upper class. This makes sense, considering the primary investor is Chinese billionaire Tony Fung.
"What North Queensland is missing is the man-made wonder of the world," Fung said in his submission to the Queensland Government.
Whether what any destination is missing is a "man-made wonder" is up for debate, but we'll be sure to keep you updated on this massive project (and all the shenanigans that are sure to come along with it), which could start construction as early as 2014.
[Photos: Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort]