Hype continues to build for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with official mascot, Borobi, being joined by South East Asian Games tiger mascot, Rimau, to explore local tourism attractions.
The mascots’ Gold Coast adventures will be televised in Malaysia, giving viewers a glimpse of the Gold Coast lifestyle as they visit local tourism attractions and key Games venues over the next week.
Borobi and Rimau will experience Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, SkyPoint, the Night Quarter Markets and Dreamworld, and visit the athletes’ village, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and the Games countdown clock.
The mascots will also try their paws at surfing, cycling and zip lining, and all activities will be captured by Astro Arena, Malaysia’s official broadcast station for the Commonwealth Games.
Local MP and Federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said the visit signifies another milestone in the lead up to the Games, which are expected to be viewed on television by more than 1.5 billion people globally.
“The mascots will shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast as a world-class tourism destination that allows for an active and healthy lifestyle,” said Minister Ciobo.
“Australia welcomed 359, 000 Malaysian travellers, who spent more than $1.3 billion, in the year to June 2017, and Rimau’s visit will entice holidaymakers in Malaysia to head down under,” he said.
“Previous sporting events like the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2015 Cricket World Cup have typically attracted international visitors who stay longer, disperse more widely and spend more.”
Queensland Tourism, Major Events and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said having Rimau was an innovative way to keep the Gold Coast and the 2018 Games foremost in the minds of Malaysians.
“Visits like this are important – they generate significant international media attention,” said Minister Jones.
“I’m sure Rimau will enjoy the best of what we have to offer on the Gold Coast and share those experiences with his fans across Malaysia.”
More than 100,000 visitors and 6600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories are predicted to travel to the Gold Coast for the Games, which are expected to provide an economic impact of about $2 billion.
Rimau’s visit to the city is jointly supported by Tourism Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland.