The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - TWEET & SOURS -

Po­lit­i­cal and tourism lead­ers are spruik­ing a jam-packed events sched­ule as ce­ment­ing our city as an events mecca, but we hear whis­pers many are not im­pressed. Some hos­pi­tal­ity stal­warts are not happy about the beat­ing of chests for stag­ing events in peak pe­ri­ods. “These politi­cians and tourism pup­pets are happy to an­nounce how big events like Magic Mil­lions and the cricket are a sign of how we are now the events cap­i­tal and they are de­liv­er­ing for our city. Peak sea­son is from Christ­mas Day un­til late Jan­uary. It has been the same for decades. They have cer­tainly not gen­er­ated any new vis­i­tors, only given those who are al­ready here an op­tion to at­tend some events. Why fo­cus on host­ing these events when the city is al­ready full? Work on a strat­egy for low pe­ri­ods and then start boast­ing,” says one restau­ra­teur who asked not to be named. #lowsea­sonis­com­ing

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