A major schoolies accommodation provider, and this year’s biggest event organiser, has hailed the class of 2014 the best yet.
Dan Berman, the Director of www.1800schoolies.com said positive reports had been received from accommodation managers and entertainment venue management throughout the two-week festival that involved underage teens and over-18 schoolies.
Mr Berman says the success of this year’s celebrations were the result of more entertainment events being staged, to help keep schoolies entertained, and off the streets.
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“We maintained a constant base in Cavill Mall, right next to McDonalds, so the teens always had somewhere to go and get advice or help with lost room keys,” he said.
“The Gold Coast still hosted the largest schoolies celebrations in Australia, but it has evolved into a well-organised and safe event, due to the high level of support from the Red Frogs and government agencies.”
1800 Schoolies has been responsible for putting on the most events across the two-week festival, flying in MTV celebrities and the hottest DJ’s from around Australia to entertain the crowds.
“The schoolies told us this was the best time of their lives and they would tell their younger siblings and friends how much great fun you can have on the Gold Coast.
We know their fun experience is down to the effort we have made to put on a showcase of talent and give the schoolies an opportunity to party in a safe environment each night.”
Mr Berman said the iconic Melba’s on the Park came to the party, by transforming their club into an alcohol-free zone in week one and then back to a licensed venue for the over 18’s in week two.
Other key partners who helped rock schoolies included City Beach, Lucky Entertainment, Underage.com and McDonalds Surfers Paradise, who often fed the teens with $5 meal deals.
“Our commitment has been to look after schoolies to make sure they partied in a safe environment while enjoying all of the great things the Gold Coast has to offer.
“From our experience this year, we know the more entertainment we provide, the more they will not stay in their rooms and party behind closed doors, rather have a fantastic night out.
“The Gold Coast should be proud that we have had the best schoolies on record and we aim to continue this in year’s to come,” concluded Mr Berman.