Gold Coast Airport reaches international emission target

GOLD Coast Airport has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability and achieved Level 2 accreditation under the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program.

The program is the only independent global standard for carbon management at airports, which recognises and accredits the efforts of airports to manage and reduce emissions.

Gold Coast Airport was awarded Level 1 accreditation in December 2016, which involved mapping the airport’s carbon footprint to identify sources of carbon emissions before formalising a carbon management plan.

Level 2 sees the setting of a carbon reduction target and the carbon management plan finalised and implemented to achieve the carbon emission reduction target.

New LED lightning has been installed across the Gold Coast Airport as part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Other recent changes include upgrading the drive motors on baggage handling systems, and improving the efficiency of air-conditioning systems.

Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the accreditation was confirmation of the team’s dedication to reducing the airport’s carbon footprint.

“Level 2 carbon accreditation is recognition of our commitment to ensuring we look after our environment and reduce our carbon emissions as much as we can,” Ms Charlton said.

ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Patti Chau, welcomed the announcement.

“Congratulations to Gold Coast Airport!” Mrs Chau said.

“This achievement demonstrates your commitment to operating the airport in an environmentally, sustainable manner which is crucial for the long-term development of our industry.

“Your efforts have not been unnoticed and is an example for others to follow.

“We look forward to Gold Coast Airport’s continued endeavours through our Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which has been effectively helping airport members around the world reduce carbon emissions.”

Globally, the aviation industry contributes approximately two per cent of man-made CO2 emissions, with airport operations accounting for approximately two per cent of this.

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Tallebudgera Creek voted Australia’s best swimming spot!

TALLEBUDGERA Creek has been voted as Australia’s best swimming spot in the 2019 Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards.

The online travel site conducted a poll over a three-week period to find Australia’s favourite local haunts, crowning a winner in six different categories – Best Roadside Pitstop, Main Street, Sausage Roll, Swimming Spot, Fish and Chips and Regional Chinese.

Tallebudgera Creek was crowned winner of the swimming spot while fellow local spot Currumbin Rock Pools came in second place.

The Gold Coast also featured as a finalist in a few of the other awards with local favourite Yatala Pies finishing second in the ‘Best Roadside Pit Stop’ category.

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Tallebudgera Creek | PHOTO: © Visual Collective / Shutterstock.com

The victory was handed to The Famous Berry Donut Van in NSW.

It was a big year for Yatala Pies, they also finished third in the ‘Best Sausage Roll’ category.

The Gold Coast also had a couple of finalists in the Best Main Street category with Cavill Mall finishing as the third runner up and Burleigh Heads as seventh runner up.

Hasting Street in Noosa took out the top spot.

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Work begins on $50 million Gold Coast Airport hotel

Work is now underway on a $50 million Rydges-branded hotel at Gold Coast Airport, following a sod turning ceremony at the site today.

The 192-room, seven storey hotel will be located to the south of the airport site and will feature a rooftop bar and viewing deck with views over Kirra Beach to the east and across the runway to the west.

The new hotel will also connect via a plaza area to the expanded airport terminal, which is scheduled for redevelopment this year.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said the hotel was an important project for the company, which operated Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.

“The hotel will create significant jobs for the Gold Coast and northern NSW – with 90 construction jobs during the build, and 60 ongoing positions once the hotel opens in 2020,” he said.

“Having a hotel as part of the airport precinct is an exciting opportunity for us. This investment and the overall development planned for Gold Coast Airport are representative of the ongoing strength of the Gold Coast as a destination and the increasing strength of the Northern NSW region.

“We invested $86 million last year in airside works to improve aircraft efficiency in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, and this year close to half a billion dollars in building works are set to move ahead in the precinct.

“The hotel and expanded terminal will change the face of the airport entirely – creating a better experience for locals and visitors and a fitting gateway for the country’s premier tourism destination.”

Gold Coast Airport Hotel Sod Turning

Gold Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills, developer John Robinson, Federal MP for McPherson Karen Andrews, Rydges Hotels and Resorts General Manager Gold Coast Stephen Oakley and Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones at the turning of the first sod of the new Rydges Hotel at Gold Coast Airport.

The hotel is being delivered by developer Trepang, associated with John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, who have delivered hotels in Darwin, including two airport hotels.

“It has taken a few years to get to this point. I have deliberately taken my time and given a great deal of thought to all aspects of the hotel,” Mr Robinson said.

“The design is both functional and visually attractive. I love nothing more than starting the build, to an extent it means the hard work is over and I can watch the project come to life.
“Airport hotels have been amongst my most successful investments and I have no doubt this fantastic hotel will continue that trend.”

Approval of Major Development Plan (MDP) was granted by Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, in September 2018.

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Gold Coast more popular than ever with Aussie tourists

Australians can’t seem to get enough of the Gold Coast, according to new figures released today.

The latest National Visitor Survey* shows 11.2 million domestic visitors flocked to the coast in the 12 months to September 2018, with  domestic overnight visitors injecting a record $3.3 billion into the economy.

Daytrips to the Gold Coast also proved more popular than ever, with a record visitor volume of 7.6 million tourists and record expenditure of $784.5 million.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said Aussie families are front and centre of Gold Coast’s tourism marketing efforts.

“We know tourists love our beaches, weather, theme parks, hinterland and all of our other iconic Gold Coast experiences – especially families,” Ms Battista said.

“More than 1.9 million interstate visitors made their way to the Gold Coast last quarter and we along with our tourism partners will be working hard to attract more families to Australia’s favourite playground this year.”

Interestingly, The Gold Coast also posted similar record-breaking international visitor expenditure for the same period.

According to the Preliminary International Visitor Survey*, international visitor spend increased by 13.3 per cent for the year, once-again outperforming growth rates for Queensland (11.5 per cent) and doubling that of Australia, which grew by 5.2 per cent.

China accounted for the largest number of international visitors with 269,000, followed by New Zealand with 207,000 visitors.

USA saw the largest increase to 41,000 visitors, up 13.8 per cent from the previous year.

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Direct flights between Gold Coast, Townsville and Darwin announced

Regional airline Airnorth has today announced that they will be introducing direct flights between the Gold Coast and Townsville.

The flights, departing Darwin via Townsville and onto the Gold Coast, will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays from April 3 through to October 20 next year.

The new service makes Airnorth the only carrier in Australia to provide nonstop flights between the two Queensland cities.

Airnorth Chief Executive Officer Daniel Bowden said the addition of the Gold Coast destination is incredibly exciting not only to Airnorth, but for all business and leisure travellers in Australia.

“The announcement of this additional service means Airnorth is supporting Queensland by providing up to 25 flights weekly in, and around the state,” he said.

“This provides an abundance of opportunity not only for tourism on an international and national level, but also a fantastic opportunity for intrastate travel for all Queenslanders.”

Tourism Industry Development Minster Kate Jones also welcomed the new route.

“Making it as easy as possible for visitors to travel to key destinations throughout the state is vital to growing our tourism industry,” she said.

“These flights will help to lure visitors, ensure tourists stay longer and experience more of what we have to offer in Queensland.”

The airfares from Townsville to the Gold Coast will start at $209, while flights from Darwin to the Gold Coast will start at $279. All airfares include taxes, 20kg checked luggage and refreshments.