Tourism Impact and Employment on the Gold Coast

the famous gold coast: for a sportier life. – By Promoting the city, Gold Coast Tourism is creating more local jobs, boosting the economy and contributing to the quality of life of residents.

A new tourismpreneurial spirit is making this changing city more creative than ever.

The Gold Coast is widely regarded as Australia’s most popular leisure holiday destination, attracting more than 11 million overnight and daytrip visitors each year. (Tourism Research Australia – National and International Visitor Surveys YE June 2012).

Tourism is the key driver of the Gold Coast economy, contributing almost one dollar in every five generated within the city. (Gold Coast City Council).

a city with a plan.

one of the gold coast’s well-kept surfing secrets, providing surfers with good beach breaks regardless of swell direction.

Each year, visitors to the Gold Coast spend an average $4.5 billion and the city’s tourism sector employs 35,300 people, reflecting the value of tourism to Gold Coast residents and businesses. (Gold Coast City Council).

The ultimate canvas for business events is the Gold Coast and its popularity with corporate visitors is evident, attracting 1,200 business events each year worth $273 million to the local economy. (Queensland Business Events Survey FY11).

The Gold Coast holds a 46 per cent market share of all business event delegate days hosted in Queensland, with the average length of stay in the city at 4.5 days. (Queensland Business Events Survey FY11).

As the gateway to one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, Gold Coast Airport (GCAPL) is the fifth busiest international airport in Australia. The largest of the QAL Group airports, Gold Coast Airport now welcomes in excess of 5.6 million passengers per year.

Each year Gold Coast Airport welcomes more than 5.6 million passengers.

Cementing its status as a world-leader in low cost airport operations and facilities, Gold Coast Airport completed a $100 million terminal redevelopment in January 2010, aimed at delivering the best possible service to our low cost airlines and their passengers. GCAPL has the first purpose-built Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Australia.

Gold Coast Airport now boasts a host of domestic and international services. Domestically, there are direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Newcastle, Adelaide, Cairns, Mount Isa and Darwin. Direct international flights service New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch) and to Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore).


A big thank you to Garuda Indonesia, Queensland Government, Visit Gold Coast, Lady Elliot Island, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Tourism Australia.

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