Chinese workers touch down for $40 million Coast holiday
15 May 2018
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon has welcomed to Queensland a contingent of more than 7000 Chinese visitors part of a trip that’s tipped to inject $40 million into the local economy.
Some of the top performers from Infinitus China – one of China’s largest personal health care companies – have arrived in Queensland.
The Member for Gaven said the group would spend 10 days on the Gold Coast and planned to cuddle koalas, learn to catch fish and spend time at the theme parks.
“It’s great to finally start seeing Infinitus employees arriving so soon after the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Scanlon said.
“The Coast is still buzzing and I’m committed to capitalising on the incredible exposure the Games has delivered for Queensland to drive more visitors to the Gold Coast.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones first announced plans to bring Infinitus to the Gold Coast while on a trade mission in Guangzhou, China, in 2016.
“This visit alone will generate tens of millions of dollars for the local economy,” Ms Jones said.
“We’re building on the momentum of the Games to create a new business events industry on the Gold Coast.”
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said business events were an important part of the Gold Coast’s tourism sector.
“We’ve already secured 47 extra business events for the Gold Coast in the coming years, which we expect to attract more than 24,000 people and inject $82 million into the economy,” Ms Scanlon said.
“Further to that, we’re working with Destination Gold Coast to bid for events that could bring an extra 6500 delegates to the Gold Coast and generate $15.7 million.
“Without the Commonwealth Games, much of this wouldn’t be possible.
“About 1.5 billion people watched the Commonwealth Games on television around the world and that’s publicity that money can’t buy.
“We’re using that exposure to create a great legacy for Queensland and the Gold Coast’s tourism industry.”