SCHOOLIES have munched through more than 6,600 cheeseburgers, gulped down more than 8,000 frozen cokes and have been given top marks for their exceptional behaviour at this year’s Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast.
Schoolies holiday experts for more than 26 years, Schoolies.com have received positive feedback from local authorities, volunteers and Gold Coast businesses, with the majority of teenagers staying out of trouble and partying responsibly.
CEO of Schoolies.com Matt Lloyd said retailers located in the heart of the action in Surfers Paradise were praising the behaviour of Schoolies.
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“Despite what is often reported in the media, we’ve heard nothing but good things about the behaviour of this year’s graduates, particularly from local retailers witnessing all of the action first hand,” he said.
“A lot of School leavers are actually quite reluctant to leave and we’re really happy that this year’s celebrations have run as smoothly and as safely as possible.
“We’re also looking forward to an influx of interstate Schoolies this Saturday when QLD School leavers depart the Gold Coast.
“This year we’ve seen a significant increase in interstate bookings which means even greater economic benefits for the region, in particular local businesses.”
School leavers spend an estimated $1500 each on expenses during Schoolies, including accommodation, meals, tours and retail.
McDonalds Cavil Avenue said Schoolies 2014 had been one of its most successful weeks of operation to date, with the store performing well above what it had in previous years.
The Surfers Paradise store said the most popular products sold throughout Schoolies were frozen cokes, cheeseburgers and bottled water respectively.
Mr Lloyd said this year Schoolies would hold its first ever all-ages’ music festival on Surfers Paradise Beach catering to interstate Schoolies.
He said Schoolies Nation was a two day beach festival on December 4th & 5th offering entertainment from some of the world’s best acts including Illy, the Stafford Brothers, Bombs Away, Twins, Rave Radio, Some Blonde DJ and more.
“This is the first time in Schoolies history we’ve organized an event which exclusively provides entertainment for southern Schoolies in Week two of celebrations,” he said.
Mr Lloyd said the festival was a major drawcard for southern students and had the potential to provide millions of dollars of extra economic benefit to the Gold Coast.