Another big blow for Gold Coast tourism this morning, with reports the city could lose its major surfing event to another state.
Newscorp reports that the World Surf League is looking to move the Corona Open somewhere else in the country, in an effort to make secure a bit more money for the event.
It’s all believed to have started over difficulties with the Queensland Government’s stance on quarantine funding.
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Queensland’s understood to be refusing to pay the quarantine bill for athletes, saying taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover that cost.
That’s in line with the Queensland’s government’s refusal to pay for the quarantine of athletes for the AFL and NRL during the 2020 seasons.
The Sunshine State’s willing to offer only $500,000 for the Corona Open, while New South Wales and Western Australia have reportedly offered up to $5 million.
The World Surf League is expected to confirm the event’s move tomorrow, but Queensland Minister’s have already expressed their disappointment.