QUEENSLAND’s Tourism Minister is hoping Gold Coast theme parks will see strong crowds these summer holidays after they were given the all clear in the state government’s safety audit.
Kate Jones said the Queensland Government’s safety audit of all theme parks showed that holidaymakers could visit Australia’s tourism playground and enjoy themselves with confidence.
“The review of Village Roadshow theme parks – Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast – has been completed with not one guest safety issue recorded,” Ms Jones said.
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“And I congratulate Village Roadshow Theme Parks for its cooperation and openness in the process and on the outcome. It is clear that Village Roadshow Theme Parks has safety as their highest priority.
“This is good news for the tourism industry, and good news for holidaymakers.”
“The safety audit has been the responsibility of the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Grace Grace and I congratulate her on the thoroughness of the process.”
Ms Jones said theme parks are a vital part of the Gold Coast tourism economy, with overnight expenditure in 2015 being more than $3.9 billion.
She said the Gold Coast attracted more than four million visitors every year and last year more than 902,000 of those visitors were from overseas – a six per cent rise on 2014.
While domestic visitors make up 80% of visitation, international visitors are having longer stays making up 37% of visitor nights from 2010 to 2015.
“The Gold Coast is Australia’s tourism playground and our theme parks play a big role,” she said.
“Our Advancing Tourism strategy launched earlier this year identified theme parks as critical to the diversity of products and experiences that we offer.”