This week’s start to the Magic Millions Carnival and Race is expected to dramatically boost visitor numbers.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the event provided an outstanding combination of fashion, bloodstock sales and horse-racing to complement the Gold Coast’s fantastic weather, shopping, dining and entertainment.
“The Magic Millions offers 25 events that combine yearling sales, racing and social events until January 14 with the major highlight of the Carnival, the Magic Millions Race Day” taking place on Saturday Ms Stuckey said.
“The Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day is a shining event on Australia’s summer calendar, combining everything that Australians hold dear – sun, surf and the love of horses in our ‘Famous for fun’ destination.
Ms Stuckey said the Queensland Government was proud to support the Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the Government’s commitment to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“Major events such as the Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day not only attract visitors, they reinforce the Gold Coast’s reputation as a premier event destination,” she said.
“We promised at the election to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy and this and other events will help us achieve that.
“Magic Millions joins major events such as the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the Australian PGA Championship and the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, among others, which showcase the Gold Coast and Queensland to the world.
“The Magic Millions drew world-wide attention this year with the appointment of Zara Phillips, MBE, daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, as the first Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women from 2014 – 2018.
“Ms Phillips was an eventing team silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics and former European and World Champion and her patronage will ensure the Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day continues to be seen as a major international event globally.”