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  • GOLD COAST e vent guide

  • Gold Coast | Global Event Destination

    The Gold Coast is an events city! It is a city where the ‘have-a-go’ spirit is strong and people are proud to live,

    work and study. It is a city where people start a business, grow their business and raise a family.

    The Gold Coast prides itself on dreaming up big events and executing them flawlessly. The successful staging

    of the largest sporting event this decade in the southern hemisphere − the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth

    Games is undisputed proof that the city has what it takes.

    In the process the city gained many significant legacy assets such as; early extension of the light rail; several

    world class sporting venues; the largest soundstage in the southern hemisphere at Village Roadshow Studios;

    the new outdoor stage and continued development of Home of the Arts, just to name a few.

    The city attracts international events and makes them quintessentially Gold Coast. The Gold Coast utilises its

    natural assets from the golden sands of its ocean beaches to the million-year-old rainforests in the hinterland.

    Capitalising on its perfect weather conditions of year round moderate weather, modern, seamlessly connected

    transport systems and extensive tourism infrastructure, the Gold Coast rightly has a reputation as a world-class

    events city.

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  • 1. THE GOLD COAST 10

    2. GOLD COAST VENUES AND SUPPLIERS 14

    3. MAJOR EVENTS CALENDAR 34

    4. GOLD COAST SERVICES 36

    5. CITY SUPPORT FOR EVENT ORGANISERS 44

    6. MARKETING, MEDIA AND SPONSORSHIPS 53

    7. THE BUSINESS OF SPORT 58

    8. EVENT SNAPSHOTS 62

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  • Letter from the Mayor

    City of Gold Coast is rated one of the most desirable places

    in the world to live ranked on political, social, economic and

    environmental factors, personal safety and health.

    It has long been one of Australia’s fastest growing cities with

    a current population of 600,000. But within the next 20 years

    this is expected to grow to 820,000.

    At the same time, Gold Coast hosts 13 million visitors a year.

    Serviced by two international airports, Gold Coast is the

    gateway to 26 destinations worldwide provided by 30 airlines.

    With the exception of superjumbo aircraft, Gold Coast airport

    now caters for the largest international passenger jets.

    This was fully tested last year when 1.1 million visitors and

    athletes came to stay for the two weeks of the Gold Coast

    2018 Commonwealth Games, the largest event in the

    southern hemisphere for the past decade.

    This was a massive test of the city’s organisational capability

    under the scrutiny of a global audience of 1.5 billion. Gold

    Coast passed with flying colours with tourism inflows already

    growing substantially. When you factor-in our warm, pleasant

    climate with 300+ days a year of sunshine, it is no wonder we

    have become very popular with athletes and sporting teams.

    The Games delivered us a portfolio of new and upgraded

    sporting facilities that are truly world-class, catering for high

    performance training backed by outstanding expertise in

    fitness, nutrition, rehabilitation and conditioning.

    Our success with the Games made it clear that specialising

    in major sporting events was the logical way to diversify

    our tourism sector while taking advantage of our new and

    enhanced infrastructure and the human resource capability

    that came with it.

    Knowing that the viability of major events is dependent

    on community goodwill, City of Gold Coast ensured that

    volunteering was a core element of sustainability. We

    implemented a major engagement program to secure 15,000

    volunteers. We attracted 46,000! Comprehensive scenario

    training was provided so this large cadre of eager enthusiasts

    can apply their enhanced skills for future events for many

    years to come.

    The Games also provided the opportunity to diversify the

    city’s economic base further by re-purposing the Athletes’

    Village into a high-tech industry precinct that is fast becoming

    Asia-Pacific’s pace-setting health and innovation hub. The

    area takes advantage of Gold Coast’s three internationally-

    recognised university campuses each of which offer specialist

    teaching and research into various aspects of sports

    performance and allied health fields.

    Gold Coast is rightly known around the world for having some

    of the best lifestyles anywhere on earth - and for good reason.

    But we recognise that our magnificent natural beauty must

    keep pace with the prosperity and desirable lifestyle options

    we offer. Nearly 51% of our land mass is natural vegetation

    and we maintain more than 2,300 parks and gardens.

    In recognition of the importance we place on being an

    international sport destination, City of Gold Coast has a

    dedicated team to assist you to bring your next training camp

    or major event here. We are all about Creating Value In Sport

    and we’d like to show you why.

    For example, we adopted the Magic Millions $11 million-

    plus Race Series which is a world first concept that has

    been developed to make our Gold Coast Raceday one of

    Australia’s richest, and indeed one of the top ten richest race

    meetings in the world. It is a perfect demonstration of how a

    city’s core characteristics can be leveraged to build the image

    and reputation of a sporting event.

    As a host city for international sporting events, Gold

    Coast is a winner: climate, venues, facilities, access and

    accommodation. All of world-class standard. And beyond

    anything else, we have proven expertise in making these

    events happen in a way that reflects great credit on both the

    sport and the organising body.

    It’s a winning formula and we would love to talk to you

    about opportunities. Please ask us for any information you

    may want.

    MAYOR TOM TATE

    CITY OF GOLD COAST

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  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Host City

    The international spotlight was on the Gold Coast

    for 11 glorious days in April 2018 for the Gold Coast

    Commonwealth Games. And shine we did.

    The city hosted 6600 athletes and team officials from 71

    nations and territories, in world class sporting stadiums

    and accommodation, in partnership with organisers and

    the Queensland Government. It was the largest sporting

    event in Australia in a decade.

    A record breaking global audience of 1.5 billion people

    around the world has brought a renewed focus on sport

    on the Gold Coast, with more than $200 million invested in

    infrastructure at venues around the city.

    Major legacy items such as the Gold Coast Aquatic

    Centre, which underwent a $41 million refurbishment

    before the Games including a new 50 metre competition

    pool, 50 metre training pool, dive platform and pool, indoor

    learn-to-swim centre, conference facilities, gymnasium and

    café have become a lasting image of the Games.

    In addition, the Gold Coast Hockey Centre in Labrador,

    Broadbeach Bowls Club and Gold Coast Cycle Centre

    in Nerang have undergone major upgrades and are now

    capable of accommodating national and international

    level events.

    The city is already enjoying bumper bookings at some of

    these facilities including the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

    which hosted the gymnastics and netball finals during the

    Games, and the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre,

    part of the larger $125 million Gold Coast Sports Precinct

    which includes Metricon Stadium, Carrara Indoor Sports

    Stadium and the surrounding sporting fields.

    With this resounding success and experience under our

    belt, these Games have proved that the we are well on our

    way to becoming Australia’s next big event city.

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  • 1. THE GOLD COAST Australia’s Gold Coast is moving forward in leaps and

    bounds. Strategically located in the Asia-Pacific rim, in

    the south-east corner of the state of Queensland, with

    easy access to two international airports, the Gold Coast

    is perfectly positioned as a destination for business,

    investment, study, sport, events, tourism and lifestyle.

    With recent major improvements to the transport network,

    including the extension to G:Link which connected heavy

    rail (Airtrain) with light rail, as well as increased free public

    parking, the city now boasts seamless access to Brisbane

    International Airport, the main international airport servicing

    South East Queensland. The city is also connected by the

    Pacific Motorway allowing several road transfer options

    such as coach and car transfer between Brisbane Airport

    and the Gold Coast.

    The city is situated in the perfect location for the ideal

    outdoor lifestyle, receiving an average of 10 hours of

    25˚C sunshine a day, approximately 300 days per year,

    57 kilometres of pristine beach coastline and i