‘Adventurous’ festival puts Tropical North on show

12 Jun 2013 10:56 AMJann Stuckey

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Thousands of Australian and international athletes and spectators have descended on Tropical North Queensland for one of the State’s major events – the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the festival, featuring the iconic IRONMAN Cairns on Sunday, is capturing global attention.

“The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival is gaining an enviable reputation for offering some of the most stunning competition courses in the world,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Domestic and international media coverage ensures that Tropical North Queensland is seen as a great tourism and event destination, with coverage in key visitor markets such as Japan, New Zealand, Europe and the USA.

“The event draws thousands of international and Australian athletes and spectators to places across the Tropical North; from Cairns to Palm Cove, Port Douglas, the hinterland and Green Island.

“Almost half of the 10,000 competitors and spectators who competed in or watched last year’s festival, came from outside the region.

“These visitors provide vital support to the local tourism industry and we expect to see a strong turnout again by the time this year’s festival ends on Monday.

“The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival has laid the foundation for a growing events calendar in the Tropical North, which now includes the recently announced UCI Mountain Bike World Cups for 2014 and 2016, the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Master Games and NRL and AFL fixtures in Cairns.”

Assistant Minister for Tourism Gavin King said the range of adventure-based events over 10 days was a great fit for the region.

“Tropical North Queensland is known as being ‘Adventurous by Nature’ and that’s what this festival is,” Mr King said.

“The program features an array of adventurous sports including IRONMAN, endurance mountain biking, ocean swimming, outrigger canoe and surf ski ocean races.

“This event will deliver economic and social benefits to the Tropical North and the State Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support it.”

[ENDS] 6 June 2013