SCHOOLIES organisers are pushing for dedicated events for the southern schoolies party in week two of the end of year celebrations.
They’re pushing to have a proper entertainment schedule for over-18s on the Coast following the State Government’s official week one response and support in November.
According to The Bulletin, the city lost an estimated 6500 southern school leavers to Bali last year who otherwise would have come to the Coast.
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With each teen expected to spend about $1000 during their week here, an extra $6.5 million could come back to the city this year if there was more incentive to keep them here.
It’s understood numbers were down 30-45 per cent during the second week in 2013, with revellers heading overseas instead.
Surfers Paradise councillor Lex Bell told The Bulletin while the council would be supportive of suggestions, there were reasons against it and the council was not seeking to attract more schoolies to the Gold Coast.