Tropical North Queensland scores event coup

26 Oct 2012 2:06 PMJann Stuckey

26th October 2012

Tropical North Queensland is set to host a new major sporting event with the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games to be held in Cairns from 9 to 11 August 2013.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said that more than 2,000 sportsmen and women aged 30 and above will participate.

“There will be close to 20 sports over a three-day program of sporting and social events, bringing in an estimated two million dollars to the region,” said Ms Stuckey.

“This event will provide a boost to the tourism sector in Tropical North Queensland and a great opportunity for many community sports organisations to play a role in delivering a major event.

“Masters Games have proven to be successful sports tourism strategies, with Queensland’s Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast a world leader in this category.

“The Newman Government recognises sports tourism as a major contributor to Queensland’s economy which will help us achieve our 2020 target of $30 billion in overnight visitor expenditure.”

Assistant Minister for Tourism and Member for Cairns Gavin King welcomed the announcement and said the event would add value to a growing calendar of sporting events in Tropical North Queensland.

“The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games is an exciting addition to a thriving calendar of sporting events in Cairns including the hugely successful Cairns Airport Adventure Festival and the AFL Fixture,” Mr King said.

“Cairns is a passionate sporting city, with events like the Masters Games a great way of attracting more visitors to the region while showcasing Cairns as a holiday destination.”

Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning said the city was proud to host the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

“We look forward to hosting the participants and their families and I hope they enjoy the quality sporting facilities that we have in Cairns,” Cr Manning said.

“This type of event provides our city with a platform to showcase our facilities, our lifestyle and our attractions and is a great way to introduce new visitors to the region.”

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) CEO, Rob Giason, welcomed the announcement highlighting the Masters Games as a great outcome of TTNQ’s sports tourism strategy.

“Our sports strategy is continuing to kick goals with 22 new sporting events already identified for the region and more to come,” Mr Giason said.

“There is also the launch this month of our sports tourism website, which provides a one-stop shop for planning a sporting event in Tropical North Queensland.

“To secure the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games for Tropical North Queensland is a fantastic achievement, demonstrating the great partnership between TTNQ, Events Queensland and Cairns Regional Council to deliver for the region.”

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[ENDS] 26 October 2012