Quirk's pitch for CBD hotels

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has flagged cuts to infrastructure charges to attract hotel developers to the CBD.

Cr Quirk addressed a Brisbane Marketing business breakfast this morning to talk about the importance of industry events to the Brisbane economy.

He teased the audience of Brisbane business people by saying while he would not make any announcements this morning, the development of more hotels was the "first and most critical" issue in attracting events to the city.

"More hotels are needed in Brisbane and to that extent I will be making some announcements in the coming weeks," he said.

"I'm not going to make any announcements this morning ... but some say they would love to have business meetings here but there is the issue of accommodation.

"There is not enough room or the price is too high because of the demand for the rooms.

"It has been an influencing factor (in Brisbane losing events)."

Cr Quirk said a way the Brisbane City Council could address the issue was through the adjustment of infrastructure charges.

"There are significant sums of money involved in infrastructure charges," he said.

"The city plan can can make it harder or easier for development to occur.

"There are also things the state can do and I will be having conversations around that in the next few weeks."

Cr Quirk also pushed his campaign for one day public transport tickets to be reintroduced to Brisbane for tourists.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said he would welcome any moves to reduce infrastructure charges for hotel developers.

‘‘We know that the greater effort needs to be made to ensure tourism investment in Queensland,’’ he said.

‘‘There is a huge demand for accommodation particularly in Brisbane and anything that reduces business costs is a positive.’’