Queensland’s Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, said the triathlon events were a significant win for Queensland.
“The International Triathlon Union World Series Grand Final and World Championships in September 2018 are expected to attract more than 17,000 visitors and generate more than AUD 19 million in visitor spending for Queensland.
“Triathlon is a Commonwealth Games sport and today’s announcement confirms the Gold Coast is already reaping the benefits of GC2018 by attracting new major sporting events.”
The successful bid by Triathlon Australia in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), IRONMAN Asia-Pacific, and City of Gold Coast was announced by the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said major triathlon events were a perfect fit for the city.
“Together with the Commonwealth Games, the ITU World Series Grand Final and World Championships will cap off what will be a watershed year for the Gold Coast in 2018.”
Triathlon Australia CEOchief executive Anne Gripper hailed the win as “fantastic news for the sport of triathlon in Australia”.
“To have the world’s best elite and age group athletes competing on the Gold Coast in 2018 provides Australian triathletes of all ages with a great incentive to train and compete over the next three years as they strive to wear the green and gold on home soil.”
Edited by William Sykes