Gold Coast Mayor unveils plan for a major event every month


Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the coordinated approach to tourism under new entity Experience Gold Coast will see the city host 12 major events a year.

Tate said the city was actively searching to secure new concerts, sporting events and exhibitions.

“The enthusiasm is there, with the board and we have the synergy of promotion, education, events acquisition and homegrown events all under the one roof, so no longer will there be a day when Harry Styles or someone of that ilk is playing to 55,000 people at Carrara without any promotion for (our next big HOTA exhibition),” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“The plan will be to have 12 marquee events every year, so one a month.

“Forget the 12 days of Christmas, the Gold Coast will have 12 months of events every year. We will be the events capital.”

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said it was important for all levels of government to work together to capitalise on the opportunities in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Transport infrastructure, aviation attraction, demand-driving major events, affordable housing and continued investment into arts and culture are critical priorities for the city,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“There is a real opportunity in unlocking new services through aviation hubs that would allow travel into the Gold Coast from other parts of Asia, India, and Europe.”