International Marine Expo sails into the Gold Coast

2 Nov 2012 11:17 AMJann Stuckey

2/11/12

The Gold Coast will be the focus of the international marine industry for the next three days with more than 20,000 people set to descend on the Gold Coast City Marina at Coomera.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today officially opened the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo.

“The Newman Government recognises the important role events like the Gold Coast International Marine Expo play in delivering tourism and economic benefits,” Ms Stuckey said.

“More than 190 exhibitors, including some of the world’s best boating brands, are taking part in this year’s Expo which will shine an international spotlight on the Gold Coast.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards at Coomera to a global audience.”

Member for Coomera Michael Crandon joined the Minister at the opening and said the Expo was an opportunity for the local marine industry to showcase itself to the world.

“Gold Coast City Marina is a ready-made venue and provides the perfect location for visitors to view the boats on offer as well as tour facilities including the boat building venue,” Mr Crandon said.

“Tourism is one of the four pillars of the economy and the Newman Government recognises the important role conventions and exhibitions play in helping us to reach our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion per annum by 2020.”

Gold Coast International Marine Expo spokesman, Stephen Milne, said the event was packed with family friendly educational events and entertainment.

“This year we have more than 40 new exhibitors, over 200 leading marine brands will be displayed over a 2.5 kilometre circuit, more than 120 boats will be showcased at our on-water display and hundreds on land exhibits, and we have secured an action packed line-up of entertainment,” Mr Milne said.

The Expo runs until November 4, 2012.

[ENDS] 2 November 2012