The Gold Coast opens its arms to the world

The world will see the very best of the Gold Coast over the next 11 days, with more than 600,000 visitors expected for the Games.

Tourism leaders say they’ve been preparing for this event since 2011, and are all extremely excited for what’s to come.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Martin Winter says the impact of the Games is evident, with thousands of media, athletes and spectators to descend on the Coast, if they’re not here already, that is.


“In the past few days, Destination Gold Coast has been working with visiting international media who are embracing the new narrative of the city,” Mr Winter said.

“Many of these have been enjoying a personal holiday before their work duties start or are planning to stay on after the games to have a vacation, all of which add to the visitor statistics associated with the Games,” he added.

Mr Winter said all kinds of businesses can expect an influx of customers and should prepare for increased foot traffic during the Games.

“Hotels, restaurants, attractions and tours are anticipating a surge of interest, perhaps even from visitor markets they are less familiar with, and these are some of the opportunities that will come our way when we welcome groups from 70 different countries.

“It is a unique moment in our city’s history and the tourism sector is ready.”