Record visitor numbers at 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon

This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon saw a record number of competitors flocking to the city to compete.

According to official figures, more than 43,000 interstate and international visitors converged on the Gold Coast for the July event – including nearly 3,500 international competitors.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the event had brought $24 million to the state’s economy – an increase of $1.75 million on last year.


She added that the increase in international competitors was predominantly from Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Events Management Queensland Chairman and Gold Coast tourism stalwart Kerry Watson described this year’s event as the greatest in the 38 year history of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

“Our strategy has been to never rest on our laurels and not to be complacent with our results. Our major stakeholders expect us to deliver a positive tourism impact for the City – that is our focus and we have delivered,” Mr Watson said.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is organised by Events Management Queensland, a major event management company wholly owned by the Queensland Government as part of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Already preparations are in place for next year’s Marathon, which will be held on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017.

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