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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Gold Coast accommodation providers called to action for GC2018

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Gold Coast accommodation providers called to action for GC2018

    Gold Coast accommodation operators will learn about opportunities surrounding the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at information sessions hosted by GOLDOC this week.

    Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, said the Games present an exciting opportunity for Gold Coast accommodation providers to welcome guests from around the world.

    "The Gold Coast will also accommodate people travelling to the Games to work in catering, transport, security and ceremonies, along with sponsors and the media.

    “Every style of accommodation is needed and it’s particularly important for representatives from smaller properties to attend the sessions.

    “1.5 million tickets will be sold so there will be huge demand for accommodation," Ms Jones said.

    “The Commonwealth Games are expected to create 30,000 jobs and leave an economic footprint of $2 billion. When the very first guest checks into their accommodation, our image as a world class host will be on display.

    “We don’t want visitors to come only for the Games, we want them to return to Queensland and the Gold Coast for years to come,” Ms Jones said.

    Three information sessions will be held across the Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Runaway Bay and Tallebudgera. The sessions will provide accommodation operators with insight into the opportunities stemming from GC2018.

    Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter agreed GC2018 represents an exciting opportunity for accommodation providers on the Gold Coast.

    “The city is already a world-class events destination and its reputation continues to grow as we move closer to 2018,” Mr Winter said.

    “GC2018 will put us on the world stage like never before, so it is important that all our accommodation providers understand how they can be a part of welcoming the world to the Gold Coast in three short years’ time,” he said.

    Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said time is of the essence.

    “I’d certainly encourage everyone in the accommodation industry to get behind the Games, and there is no time like the present,” Mr Winlaw said.

    “The Surfers Paradise Alliance believes one of the great GC2018 legacies will be the tourism that will flow on after the Games.”

    “Getting involved early will help the providers get their brands out there and have them noticed.”

    Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said GC2018 will be a great event for the city.

    “The economic impact will be huge and I’d encourage all accommodation providers to attend the information sessions and prepare to leverage off the Games as much as they can.

    “At Broadbeach we also have the National Bowls Championships from 2014–2018 and the World Bowls Championships in 2020, so our precinct will experience a great deal of benefit from sports tourism over the coming years,” she said.

    Connecting Southern Gold Coast CEO Peter Doggett is encouraging southern properties to attend the Tallebudgera session.

    “The southern Gold Coast boasts a relaxed lifestyle that many of the Games visitors will no doubt enjoy,” Mr Doggett said.

    “Our area takes in the magnificent hinterland, with Currumbin Valley just 15 minutes from the beach and we have an enormous amount to contribute to the Games accommodation and other visitor experiences."

    The information sessions will be hosted by Games organisers GOLDOC, which has inspected more than 180 properties over recent months to source accommodation that provides the level of services, quality and price required to support the 2018 event.

    For more information on the information sessions, accommodation providers can email or call 07 5618 2044.

    Session details:

    Wednesday 15 April

    4:00pm – 5:00pm

    Ultiqa Freshwater Point Resort

    33 T.E Peters Drive, Broadbeach


    Tuesday 21 April

    3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Gold Coast Sports Super Centre,

    Sports Drive, Runaway Bay


    Wednesday 22 April

    9:30am - 10:30am

    Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre

    1525 Gold Coast Highway, Tallebudgera


    Media contact: Emma Smith (Minister Jones’ Office) 0417 405 879