Just a year till Australia hosts the Commonwealth Games

by Ray Clancy on April 5, 2017

in Australia Travel

Australia is preparing to welcome athletes from around the world for the Commonwealth Games which begin in one year and will be the biggest international sporting event for a decade.

On 4 April 2018 around 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will arrive on Queensland’s Gold Coast for the Games.

Swimming RaceFor 11 days the Gold Coast will be the centre of sporting activity with 18 sports and seven para sports being contested in front of a global audience of 1.5 billion people.

Greg Hunt, the Minister for Sport, said Australia is immensely proud to host the Commonwealth Games for a fifth time. ‘The Commonwealth Games continues to be an iconic competition for Australia and other Commonwealth nations,’ he explained.

‘With one year to go there is a sharpened focus on preparing our athletes to be at their best and I wish all participants and officials, event organisers and the 15,000 volunteers all the best for a great Games,’ he added.

Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, pointed out that the Games will be the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.

‘The Games will shine the spotlight on the Gold Coast as a world-class events destination and provide a significant economic impact worth an estimated $2 billion. More than 100,000 visitors are expected and more than 1.5 billion people will tune in across the world to watch on TV,’ Ciobo said.

Significant sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2015 Cricket World Cup have typically attracted visitors to Australia who stay longer, travel further and spend more,’ he added.

Data also shows that about 17%, or 1.3 million, of all international visitors who come to Australia attend a cultural or sporting event during their trip.

The Australian Government has provided $154 million to the Queensland Government as a contribution to permanent sports infrastructure for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

A further $2 million has been provided for legacy programmes aimed to encourage more Australians to be more active, more often and encourage healthy habits for life.

Through the Department of Infrastructure some $95 million has been committed to stage two of the Gold Coast Light Rail and $15 million for upgrades to the training and administration facility at Metricon Stadium in Carrara, the venue for athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies.

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: