Gold Coast tourism bounding ahead

11 Oct 2012 10:49 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Gold Coast’s tourism industry is flying high according to Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey.

“The latest aviation and tourism figures indicate a growing confidence across the Gold Coast. We will welcome Qantas back in just over two weeks along with thousands of additional passengers,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Qantas 48 hour sale period, which was held following the announcement of Qantas’s return to the Gold Coast in August, resulted in 24,000 flight bookings, which equates to filling 140 Qantas 737/800 aircraft.

“This is really exciting news for the Gold Coast which in September saw an increase of more than 19 per cent across the Gold Coast domestic and international terminals.”

Ms Stuckey cited the $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund as a major factor in boosting confidence across tourism and said the fund was already stimulating passenger movements.

“Tourism operators across the Gold Coast have also recorded one of the best school holiday periods in years,” she said.

“Wotif.com is reporting growth of 52 per cent in the Gold Coast hinterland and a 28 per cent increase throughout the Labrador and Southport areas compared to the same time last year.

“Queensland’s largest accommodation provider, Mantra Group, has recorded a similar trend with occupancy rates across the Gold Coast up 16 per cent.

“In less than eight months this government’s proactive attitude has played a major role in helping the tourism industry get back on track.

“In our first budget we injected $20 million into the industry through a tourism investment strategy focused on destination marketing.

“We more than doubled the amount of funding available for regional tourism organisations and we expect them to provide some excellent value-for-money initiatives from the $7 million available.”

[ENDS] 10 October 2012