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Commonwealth Games could be crunch time for tourism

If the Gold Coast is successful in its bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be announced this Saturday, Queensland’s tourism industry will be presented with some do or die opportunities.

Queensland University of Technology School of Business senior lecturer Dr Steve Pike said the win could be the stimulus the Gold Coast needs to develop the new attractions and visitor experiences that have been lacking on the coast for many years.

“Apart from major theme park initiatives, a range of new experiences are needed, for example events or attractions that highlight Indigenous culture as well as more theatres, shows and other evening entertainment."Dr Pike said.

QUT political scientist Professor Clive Bean said a positive games announcement would be likely to rate no higher than a blip in opinion polls by the time the state election was held next year.

Read more at Queensland University of Technology

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