Queensland’s status as a leading destination for tourism infrastructure investment is bringing additional benefits with the launch today of the inaugural Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride.
Tourism and Events Minister Kate Jones joined sporting celebrities to launch the Oceanway Ride sponsored by the $1 billion Jewel project.
Ms Jones said the Surfers Paradise cycling Oceanway Ride, from 2-4 September, promoted health and fitness tourism and raised the profile of the Gold Coast as an events paradise.
“The Oceanway Ride includes a ‘Little Legs’ 250m loop, a 4km loop and a 55km ‘Ultimate Oceanway Ride’ so it’s a great new event to add to the calendar for visiting families and cycling enthusiasts alike,” she said.
“Events like this continue to draw visitors to the coast which is experiencing a tourism boom, with a record 984,000 visitors in the year to June and a record $1.3 billion in overnight visitor expenditure.”
Ms Jones said the decision to stage the Oceanway Ride showed confidence in the region and that having a rich tourism investment pipeline has ongoing benefits to the state.
“The Jewel project is a part of a $12 billion tourism investment pipeline rolling out across the state,” she said.
“The Gold Coast has enjoyed strong growth in both international and domestic visitor numbers on the back of significant investment, infrastructure demand and a surging tourism economy.
“Wanda Ridong Group has recognised this by investing in the Jewel development and now this new cycle event.
“Once completed in 2019, the Jewel will become destination of choice for luxury accommodation and holiday experiences and such a significant investment from China’s private sector shows the value they place on investing in Queensland.
“China is our most valuable and fastest growing market with Chinese outbound tourism expected to double by 2020 to around 200 million people and the Gold Coast their top destination.
“This was a key factor behind the release of the Queensland Asia Tourism Strategy 2016-2025 at the recent Connecting to Asia Forum in Cairns.
“The strategy has helped our tourism industry identify how to increase visitation and maximise expenditure as well as understanding the needs of Asian travellers.
“The Queensland Government is committed to making the most of this opportunity to create a better economy and more jobs in the tourism sector.”