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2014 Pan Pacs splash down on the Gold Coast

21 August 2014

The spectacular Gold Coast will be showcased to millions of TV viewers across Asia and North America with the opening of the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships today.

Minister for Tourism and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the four-day event will see 300 top swimmers compete in the first championships to be held at the new $42 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

“The championships reinforce Queensland’s growing reputation as a world-class international sporting event destination,” said Ms Stuckey. 

“This event is expected to directly boost the coast's economy by $2 million, while raising the profile of the Gold Coast to international television audiences in the USA, Japan and Canada.

“The Queensland Government promised to build better infrastructure, create jobs and boost tourism and we're delivering on all three of those pledges.”

It is the first time the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have been held in Queensland in 27 years and will be the perfect test for the new aquatic centre ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Ms Stuckey said the aquatic centre had already brought significant economic benefits to the Gold Coast.

“Around 90 per cent of work on this outstanding venue was completed by south east Queensland businesses and 60 per cent of those were Gold Coast contractors,” she said.

“The Queensland Government's plan for tourism, Destination Success, stresses the importance of major events as we work towards doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”

Swimming Australia President John Bertrand said the championships would be a wonderful stage for the nation's top swimmers to take on the world's best.
“The chance to swim for Australia in front of a home crowd is so rare and so special I have no doubt the Australian Swim Team will rise to the occasion and do Australia proud,” he said.
“We thank Tourism and Events Queensland and the State Government for their support of this event.” 
[ENDS] Thursday 21 August 2014

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