4 April 2017
Today marks one year until the Gold Coast hosts more than 6,600 of the world’s greatest athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Local MP and Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.
More than 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games and more than 1.5 billion people will tune in across the world to watch on TV.
“The Games will shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast as a world-class events destination and provide a significant economic impact worth an estimated $2 billion,” Mr Ciobo said.
“As Federal Tourism Minister, I’ve secured record funding for Tourism Australia and have been working with them to ensure the Gold Coast doesn’t miss any opportunity during the lead up to the Commonwealth Games next year.
“Just last month I launched Tourism Australia’s latest campaign, unveiling more than 50 of London’s iconic black cabs wrapped in images of our beautiful Gold Coast.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our city to take centre stage and we’re determined to make the most of it.”
The Gold Coast is home to some of the most iconic and quintessentially Australian experiences on offer. The beautiful beaches enjoy warm water and sunshine year round, there are unique wildlife experiences on our doorstep and the food and wine scene is world class. With all this on offer, it’s no surprise the Gold Coast was picked to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
This week the Gold Coast is hosting more than 180 media from around the world for the 2018 Commonwealth Games World Press Briefing. The briefing provides international media the chance to engage with Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation representatives about the logistics and operational details of the upcoming event, to ensure optimal media coverage during the Games.
Significant sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2015 Cricket World Cup; have typically attracted visitors to Australia who stay longer, travel further and spend more.
Mr Ciobo said about 17% (1.3 million) of all international visitors who come to Australia attend a cultural or sporting event during their trip.
“This is why the Coalition has invested $154 million to develop and upgrade permanent sport related infrastructure for the Games, including four new state-of-the-art venues and the upgrade of 12 existing venues; plus an additional $15 million for upgrades to the training and administration facility at Metricon Stadium in Carrara,” he said.
“We have also committed an additional $95 million to Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail and $2 million for legacy programs that aim to get more Australians more active, more often and teach healthy habits.”