If you thought your fellow Gold Coasters were kind people, well you weren’t wrong – the city has just been named a World Kindness City.
The World Kindness Movement bestowed the honour, which is the first of its kind, on the City of Gold Coast at a special ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.
WKM head Michael Lloyd-White said the movement had been monitoring several cities and the Gold Coast was the first to really ‘walk the walk, not just talk the talk’ when it came to kindness.
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“The Gold Coast has now set the bar for other cities around the world,” he said.
The honour comes after five years of the City of Gold Coast council working with WKM.
Mayor Tom Tate led the initiative and council representative Cr Glenn Tozer is the city’s Kindness Ambassador.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter says being known as a World Kindness City is appropriate for a destination that welcomes some 13 million tourists and visitors a year to its idyllic beachside offering.
“It’s a great compliment to the residents and businesses here too,” Mr Winter said.
“As we prepare for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April this award really lays down the red carpet of welcome to visitors.”
The Gold Coast has a population of 600,000 and is Australia’s sixth largest city.
NOTE – This article has been updated to include the following corrections:
- The City of Gold Coast was endorsed as a “World Kindness City” not the world’s kindest city.
- World Kindness Movement not Association
- Michael Lloyd-White not Lloyd-Wright