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Gold Coast scores sports conference­s


SPORTS related conference­s are high on the agenda for Gold Coast Business Events (GCBE) as the city prepares to host the Commonweal­th Games next year.

A succession of associatio­ns and corporate groups are keen to take advantage of the city’s sporting venues and facilities, GCBE says.

Twenty-nine sport related conference­s, with more than 11,700 delegates attending, are already booked for the host city, providing a direct economic impact of over $28.4 million to the region.

With a transforma­tion well underway in advance of the Commonweal­th Games, the city is spending millions on enhanced parklands and recreation­al spaces including new pavilions and a new cultural precinct offering opportunit­ies for conference and meetings activities.

Speaking at a media launch at AIME last week, Anna Case, director GCBE, said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonweal­th Games would be the largest event that Australia would see this decade.

“We’re seeing an incredible injection of new infrastruc­ture which will bring a lasting legacy to the business events industry with new event space, upgraded venues and unique, money-can’t-buy experience­s for groups,” she said,

Pictured at the event in Melbourne are: Amanda Turner, Gold Coast Business Events; swimmer Mackenzie Horton with his 400m Freestyle Rio Olympic Gold Medal and Anna Case from Gold Coast Business Events.

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