Coastal tourism gets a refresh
BRINGING a fresh look to the Gold Coast and providing new attractions and reasons for visitors to return are key factors which Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate will be focusing on this year.
The Mayor is calling 2019 the Year of Tourism Refresh and, based on the views of major tourism players, he will be working with councillors and industry heavyweights to get the major projects going.
“We must achieve a dive site for our city, we must get agreement on a cableway for our hinterland, and we must get the green light for a Port of Gold Coast,” Cr Tate said.
“I’m confident councillors will see the benefit of tackling tough projects like the cableway.
“Without tourism renewal, we are at risk of losing our mantle as the national tourism capital.
“People need a reason to return over and over again and new tourism products are top of mind.
“It’s a mix between built-form tourism, and nature-based tourism.”
Cr Tate said the city was investing millions in naturebased tourism, including new bush walks, viewing platforms, clearing open space and keeping our 60km of beaches in pristine condition.
“Built-form tourism renewal is gaining momentum with private sector investments like Top Golf,” he said. “Our HOTA Gallery will also be midway through its build phase by the end of 2019, ready for a late 2020 opening.
“All these are tourism assets and we should feel proud of them.
“Council has a role to stimulate some projects and that includes the dive precinct and a hinterland cableway.
“I trust Council will back these projects this year.
“So 2019 is the Year of Tourism Refresh for me and I will work with my council colleagues to deliver.’’