GC events to benefit from half a million dollar funding boost

Several Gold Coast events are set to benefit from Queensland Tourism’s half a million dollar funding boost

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said $535,000 had been awarded to 21 events across the state through round five of the Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program.

“Events play a key role in growing Queensland’s tourism economy, increasing overnight visitation, driving visitors to the state and offering them an extraordinary and uniquely Queensland experience,” Ms Jones said.


“Six events in this round have attained significant event funding including the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Cooly Rocks On, Viva Surfers Paradise, Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, and the Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing.

“These events will benefit from increased marketing and strategic support to increase their profile and promote their experiences to visitors.

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington congratulated the successful events and said TEQ’s events funding program would continue to provide a platform for further tourism growth.

“Events are a great excuse for people to get out and experience Queensland, and a valuable tool to encourage dispersal throughout our unique destinations,” Ms Coddington said.

“There is great variety in Queensland’s events scene which plays a significant part in creating memorable experiences for visitors.”