Games tourists take sneek peak at Coast

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND amanda.robbemond@news.com.au DEAN GOULD

THE Com­mon­wealth Games ef­fect is start­ing to hit the Gold Coast.

With fewer than 200 days un­til the start of the Games next April, cu­ri­ous tourists are ex­pected to scope out the Glit­ter Strip th­ese hol­i­days.

Gold Coast Tourism ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dean Gould said it was likely vis­i­tors would use the time to check out the ac­com­mo­da­tion and venues in the re­gion.

“I think there’s a dual pur­pose, ob­vi­ously they’re here for a hol­i­day,” Mr Gould said.

“But I think there’s peo­ple (who are) in­ter­ested in where they might

Games.

“So if peo­ple are com­ing from Bris­bane, Mel­bourne, Toowoomba, but they’re not sure where (they should stay), they’ll be us­ing th­ese school hol­i­days to find out where they might stay.”

Mr Gould said the Gold Coast could ex­pect around 70,000 overnight vis­i­tors and 250,000 day trips each week of the Septem­ber hol­i­days.

“It is the sec­ond big­gest hol­i­day pe­riod of the year, be­hind the sum­mer hol­i­days,” he said, adding there had been a slight de­crease by two per cent year on year to July.

“Hav­ing said that, July this year was stronger so we saw a stay dur­ing the slight in­crease in oc­cu­pancy. So we are con­fi­dent the Septem­ber hol­i­days will build on that trend.”

Yes­ter­day, Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk an­nounced that di­rect Air Asia flights would fly four times a week from Bei­jing to Bris­bane.

Mr Gould said th­ese flights were in­valu­able to the Coast, with nearly 40 per cent of Chi­nese ar­rivals trav­el­ling straight down to the Coast.

“The Bei­jing ser­vices will pro­vide a steady stream of new vis­i­tors to the des­ti­na­tion and al­low us to fur­ther en­hance our Chi­nese mar­ket pres­ence,” he said.

More than 300,000 Chi­nese tourists vis­ited the Gold Coast last year.

A spokesper­son for Gold Coast Air­port said the Septem­ber hol­i­days were al­ways busy as vis­i­tors from south­ern states de­scended on the Glit­ter Strip.

Through­out the school hol­i­days, the air­port will have more than 50 in­bound and out­bound flights from Syd­ney, and more than 30 to and from Mel­bourne. The weather is also set to im­press vis­i­tors, with a mild 23C fore­cast to­day.

Weather­zone me­te­o­rol­o­gist Kim West­cott said it would get warmer to­wards the end of the week.

On Satur­day, Movie World un­of­fi­cially opened the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest hy­per­coaster, the DC Ri­vals Hy­per­coaster.

Thrillseek­ers could get lucky with the new ride set to open at ran­dom times through­out the week as a “re­hearsal” be­fore its of­fi­cial open­ing on Fri­day.

AquaS­plash at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands has also re­opened af­ter its win­ter hia­tus.

IT IS THE SEC­OND BIG­GEST HOL­I­DAY PE­RIOD OF THE YEAR, BE­HIND THE SUM­MER HOL­I­DAYS.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Tay­lah Mercer (left), Pre­ston Greiner and Tif­fany Tay­lor take the plunge at AquaS­plash at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands yes­ter­day.

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