Gold Coast celebrates big summer in tourism

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has enjoyed a bumper 2013-14 summer season, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

CCIQ Regional Manager Troy Cush said the summer 2013-14 had been the region’s best since before the Global Financial Crisis and a packed events calendar for 2014 would hopefully keep the ball rolling.

“It really has been a great summer for tourism and our members are certainly reporting some of the best results they have had in years,” he said.

“There are a number of factors contributing to the spike but the weather we have had has been sensational and I think that is the primary reason.

“People come to the Gold Coast to enjoy the weather and lay on the beach and when you throw in a lower Australian dollar and a boost in business confidence it really becomes the perfect mix.”

Mr Cush’s sentiments were echoed by Aquaduck Safaris owner and CCIQ member Vic Cooley, who said while there had been plenty international visitors taking his iconic trips in the Broadwater, it was the domestic boost that was most telling.

“We saw a huge majority come from visitors from Sydney and Melbourne who had returned to the Coast instead of places like Hawaii, Bali and Fiji,” Mr Cooley said.

“The lower Australian Dollar has helped that, but I also think for many young families, the Gold Coast is a short flight and takes a lot of the hassle out of overseas travel.

“International numbers were also strong with a lot of Chinese and Indian customers, but also a return of a lot of Japanese tourists, which we haven’t seen for a while.”

It has also been a big summer for events on the Coast with the MILO Triathlon Series and Magic Millions Carnival wrapping up, while the ASP World Tour hits town on March 1 for the Quiksilver Pro.

Last updated
23 March 2014