In a major boost for our tourism industry, it’s been confirmed the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships “The Aussies” will return to the Gold Coast.
It comes after the State Government secured a decade-long deal for the event, which will now be shared between both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast between 2023 and 2032.
Next year’s championships are already locked in to take place in Perth.
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Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the new deal has the potential to “drive tens of thousands” of additional visitors to Queensland.
“This is a significant deal for Queensland’s economic recovery and locks in eight Australian Surf Life Saving Championship events between 2023 and 2032,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Over the years, the championships have become an iconic Queensland event, bringing more than 7,000 competitors annually from more than 315 Australian clubs.
“Competitors come with family and friends, making The Aussies an incredibly important event for tourism operators and our Economic Recovery Plan for the tourism industry.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said The Aussies, which injected $16 million into Sunshine Coast businesses during this year’s event, would again be embraced by the city.
“Our city is famous for its hospitality, amazing weather and golden sands so it is only fitting that the Aussies will be back again,” Cr Tate said.
“These titles boost our national reputation as a safe and welcoming host destination and will showcase everything great about the Goldie… Bring it on!”
Surf Life Saving Australia President John Baker thanked the State Government for all of their support.
“We are deeply grateful to our major sponsors in Tourism and Events Queensland who, without their support, an event the size of The Aussies simply can’t go ahead,” Mr Baker said.
“To be able to lock in eight editions of The Aussies, our membership will be looking forward to returning to the sunny beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in Queensland again.”