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Gold Coast secures top international events award

Gold Coast secures top international events award
October 5, 2018

The Gold Coast has been recognised as one of the world’s top event destinations for the second year, being named World Festival and Event City by the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA).

Commenting that the honour cemented the Gold Coast’s reputation as a global destination capable of hosting world class events delivering significant economic benefits to locals, Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates stated “the 2018 Commonwealth Games were proof the coast has what it takes to be a world-class events city..

“We successfully staged GC2018, the largest sporting event this decade in the southern hemisphere, with more than $200 million invested into new and upgraded major venues.

“We already boast key events such as Gold Coast Marathon, Vodafone Gold Coast 600, the Roxy and Quiksilver Pro surf titles and Magic Millions Racing Carnival to name a few.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones also welcomed the recognition, adding “with perfect weather all year round, a sophisticated transport system and great new tourism infrastructure, the Gold Coast rightly has a reputation as a world-class events city.

“More than 1.5 billion people tuned into the Commonwealth Games - helping to shine a light on the Gold Coast globally.

“The Games proved that the Gold Coast is a world-class destination for major events. We know the city will continue to benefit from the legacy of the Games for decades to come.”

Upcoming global events scheduled for the remainder of 2018 include:

• World Parachuting Championships at Runaway Bay, 7th to 13th October
• Pan Pacific Masters Games, 2nd to 11th November
• International T-20 Cricket at Metricon Stadium Carrara, 17th November 
• Australian PGA Championship, RACV Royal Pines Resort, 29th November to 2nd December 

The award submission was a joint initiative between City of Gold Coast, Destination Gold Coast and Tourism Events Queensland.

Images: The opening ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (top) and the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre (below).

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