Games tourists take sneek peak at Coast
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
“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.
Taylah Mercer (left), Preston Greiner and Tiffany Taylor take the plunge at AquaSplash at Broadwater Parklands yesterday.