More than 3,000 competitors from more than 45 different countries will fly in to the Gold Coast for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this weekend. This include record numbers of runners and their supporters coming in from countries such as Singapore, United States and Indonesia, to take part in the race.
Last year, about a few hundred Singaporeans had participated in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. And the organisers are expecting about 27,000 runners altogether, to run in the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
A major sports tourism injection for the Gold Coast
Said Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones, “The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has become a major sports tourism injection for the Gold Coast. With a few days left to go till entries close, this is a great result. We expect more than 5,500 international visitors to the event including competitors’ families and supporters.”
She added “This event will generate close to A$24 million in economic impact from other key international markets for the event, including Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. It’s an exciting time for the Gold Coast with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner.”
Boost Queensland’s profile overseas
Events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon not only lift the tourism impact on Queensland, but also boost the Australian state’s profile overseas.
Said Jones, “The Gold Coast Airport Marathon was telecast last year, into 129 countries with a potential reach of 850 million households. A live race day webcast and social media content also enables the envoy to reach and engage out to a significant audience, globally.”
Entries close 30 June
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2017 will be held on Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July. Entries for all races close on Friday 30 June.
For more information and to find out how you can still register, go to goldcoastmarathon.com.au