Gold Coast conference rides wave of success

One of the world’s largest surf conferences is heading to the Gold Coast next year.

The sixth biennial Global Wave Conference will be held on the Gold Coast from February 10-15, 2020.

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve won the rights to host the event, bringing the conference to Australia for the first time.

The five-day event includes a three-day conference which covers a range of extra events including a surfing expo, workshops, photo and painting exhibition, movie and music festivals.

“The Queensland Government strongly supports the surfing community and is proud to have provided $10,000 investment to support the 2020 Global Wave Conference that will also host a range of fun and healthy activities,” said Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni.

“Coolangatta is a fitting location for the Global Wave Conference as the Gold Coast is home to the eighth World Surfing Reserve, a majestic stretch of ocean from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh.”

Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the event would generate more than $1.2 million for the local economy.

“We need to take every opportunity to protect our greatest tourism assets and promote them on the world stage and the Global Wave Conference gives us a chance to do just that,” Jones said.