As a long term resident of the Gold Coast I am proud to be part of the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Showcasing our City through the intense media spotlight will further enhance our reputation as the friendliest, most desirable tourism destination possible with everything from golden beaches, world-heritage listed rainforest and a vibrant dining and entertainment precinct. Tourism is, and must always be, our number one business enterprise and with enormous investments in our shopping centres, Casinos and theme parks, the Commonwealth Games is the perfect forum to show off our wares.
A warm welcome to all our international and interstate competitors and spectators for the opening of the Games tomorrow. May competitors and spectators alike enjoy the amenities our city has to offer including friendly local hospitality. The Gold Coast is a fantastic setting to stage one of the largest elite multi-sport events held on the planet and the infrastructure which has been provided for this event will leave a lasting legacy for Gold Coast Communities. In the spirit of sportsmanship I wish all competitors the Best of Luck! And I hope you all enjoy the Games.
I wholeheartedly concur with Tourism and Events Queensland chairman, Brett Godfrey that Queensland needs to increase its adventure and eco-tourism menu or risk losing market share to other states. Queensland’s stunning National parks have enormous potential to offer a unique wilderness experience which is in high demand from today’s global tourists. Our southern cousin, Tasmania, has very successfully developed wilderness offerings whilst protecting that which draws travellers to visit.
We have a “World Heritage” listed National Park at Springbrook which is an eco-tourism drawcard moniker in itself. The “Green behind the Gold” has been undersold in tourism marketing and Mr Godfrey is 100% correct in identifying that sector of the tourism market which is ripe for the picking for our tourism strategy for the years going forward following the Commonwealth Games.
Should you have any State issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact my office