Gold Coast takes centre stage as top events city

4 October 2018
 
The Gold Coast has claimed the title of one of the world’s top event destinations for the second year.
 
The City has won a major award from the prestigious International Festival and Events Association (IFEA), securing the title of World Festival and Event City.
 
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said the honour cemented the Gold Coast’s reputation as a global destination capable of hosting world class events delivering significant economic benefits to locals. 
 
“The 2018 Commonwealth Games were proof the coast has what it takes to be a world-class events city,” said Cr Gates.
 
 “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.”
 
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said it was no surprise the Gold Coast scooped the top award.
 
“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,” Minister Jones said. 
 
“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, 7 to 13 October
Pan Pacific Masters Games, 2 – 11 November
International T-20 Cricket at Metricon Stadium Carrara, 17 November 
Australian PGA Championship, RACV Royal Pines Resort, 29 November – 2 December 
 
The award submission was a joint initiative between City of Gold Coast, Destination Gold Coast and Tourism Events Queensland. 
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