Event bookings continue as part of the economic legacy of the Commonwealth Games
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the long list of bookings was a testament to the strength of the Gold Coast economy.
“We chose to host the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast because we knew the hundreds of millions of dollars in new sporting infrastructure we would deliver for the Games would help to turn the Coast into a world-leading destination for major events,” she said. “Today we’re seeing this investment paying off.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the events would give a shot in the arm to the local tourism sector.
“The data released today is a testament to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games for the local tourism industry,” she said.
“We know the trend will continue as the reputation of the Gold Coast grows. Based on current interest, bookings in 2019 will far exceed 2018.”
The 90 events already booked-in for 2019 would be staged at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, Gold Coast Sports Precinct, Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Stadium and the Gold Coast Cycle Centre.
“The Games allowed us to showcase the Gold Coast to the rest of the world and promote our city as a major event destination,” said Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon. “Our investment in new and improved venues is reaping rewards with a booming 2019 events calendar.
“Improvements to venues have created opportunities to host lucrative sporting, entertainment and business events. Bookings also show that community sport participation has significantly increased with court bookings more than doubling for local sports clubs.
“Off the back of the Commonwealth Games, we’ve attracted events like SportsAccord, the Pan Pac Masters, Australian Transplant Games, Big Boys Toys Expo and the Australian University Nationals.”