Event booking hours in Coast venues doubles after Commonwealth Games

The Queensland Government has announced all venues that were newly constructed or upgraded for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are fully booked for the remainder of 2018.

Queensland Minister for Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, has confirmed that the $300 million plus investment in venue infrastructure is "paying off."

Booking hours have doubled from 25,000 in 2017-18 to over 50,000 in 2018-19 following the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

A number of key events such as the Australian University Games, the Kokoda Challenge, and the Vicky Wilson Cup (Netball) will be held in fresh Gold Coast venues.

"Thirty two of the 102 events are of national or international significance," says Jones.

"We've had unprecedented interest from sporting organisations around the world."

"We'll continue to leverage the Commonwealth Games to secure events to ensure taxpayers are getting value for money."

The Queensland government has faced high levels of criticism for its investment in Games venues since the city was announced as host of the event in 2011. Read more

Ryan Bedford - Business News Australia - 31 May 2018


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