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Borobi and Rimau to shine spotlight on the Gold Coast

26 October 2017

Borobi will host his Malaysian counterpart ‘Rimau’ on the Gold Coast this week in a colourful bid to promote the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to one of the Coast’s key southeast Asian tourist markets.

Borobi along with the South East Asian Games mascot Rimau will visit some of the Coast’s most famous tourist hotspots, beaming images and footage back to fans in Malaysia.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said having Rimau was an innovative way to keep the Gold Coast and the 2018 Games foremost in the minds of Malaysians.

“Visits like this are important - they generate significant international media attention,” she said.

“I’m sure Rimau will enjoy the best of what we have to offer on the Gold Coast and share those experiences with his fans across Malaysia.

“The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event in Queensland this decade and we want to make sure we leave a lasting legacy by showcasing our best tourism experiences and inviting Games fans to check out the best address on earth.”

Borobi and Rimau will tour the Gold Coast for about five days. They’ll go zip lining, shopping, surfing, cuddling a koala (a distant cousin of Borobi’s), and will tour Commonwealth Games venues.

The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, has partnered with Tourism Australia to bring Rimau to the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast MP and Federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said the visit signifies another milestone in the lead up to the Games, which are expected to be viewed on television by more than 1.5 billion people globally.

“Rimau’s visit will shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast as a world-class tourism destination, enticing Malaysian holidaymakers to head down under,” said Minister Ciobo.

“Australia welcomed 359, 000 Malaysian travellers, who spent more than $1.3 billion, in the year to June 2017,” he said.

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