New cycling event raises Gold Coast’s profile, says tourism minister

THE Gold Coast has been labelled an ‘events paradise’ following today’s launch of the new Inaugural Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride.

Minister for Tourism and Events Kate Jones joined sporting celebrities to officially kick off the cycling event in Surfers Paradise this morning.

The ride consists of a ‘Little Legs’ 250m loop, a 4km loop and a 55km ‘Ultimate Oceanway Ride’.


Ms Jones said the event, which wraps up on Sunday, promoted health and fitness tourism and raised the profile of the Gold Coast as an events paradise.

“It’s a great new event to add to the calendar for visiting families and cycling enthusiasts alike,” Ms Jones said.

“Events like this continue to draw visitors to the coast which is experiencing a tourism boom, with a record 984,000 visitors in the year to June and a record $1.3 billion in overnight visitor expenditure.”

Ms Jones said the decision to stage the event showed confidence in the region and that having a rich tourism investment pipeline has ongoing benefits to the state.

“The Jewel project is a part of a $12 billion tourism investment pipeline rolling out across the state,” she said.

“The Gold Coast has enjoyed strong growth in both international and domestic visitor numbers on the back of significant investment, infrastructure demand and a surging tourism economy.

“Wanda Ridong Group has recognised this by investing in the Jewel development and now this new cycle event.

Once completed in 2019, the Jewel towers will become the destination of choice for luxury accommodation and holiday experiences on the Gold Coast.