The Gold Coast will host Australia’s university games four times in the next five years in a move which is expected to inject millions of dollars into Queensland’s economy.
Tourism and Major Events Minister, Kate Jones, said the Uni games attract thousands of visitors.
“In previous years, the Australian University Games has attracted more than 10,000 people to the Gold Coast and has helped to support retailers, bars, hospitality, restaurants, cafes and tourism by injecting more than $11.6 million into the economy,” Ms Jones said.
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“The Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop for this event, which markets the region not only as a place to enjoy the incredible beaches and scenery but a place to study, work and live.”
This year’s games wrap up on the Gold Coast today and Mayor Tom said it’s great for both students and council to have the teams on the holiday strip.
“The Gold Coast has a formidable reputation as an events destination and the securing of events such as Australia’s flagship event for University sport only confirms this,” Mr Tate said.
They’ll be held on the GC in 2018 and 2019, before returning in 2021 and 2022.