Coastal tourism gets a re­fresh

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS BUSINESS -

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.’’

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