Gold Coast Airport (GCA) will be an Official Airport of the Gold
Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), recognising its position as
the gateway to the region hosting the largest multi-sport event to
be held in Australia this decade.
GCA has today announced its partnership with the Gold Coast 2018
Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) as an Official Supplier and
To celebrate the announcement, GC2018 mascot, Borobi, was
welcomed with an honorary water canon salute on the airport tarmac
before officially opening the GC2018s first merchandise store.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games,
Kate Jones, today welcomed Gold Coast Airport into the Games
Its so exciting that the Gold Coast Airport will become an
official gateway to the Games. It will be a game changer and our
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase all that is great about
the Gold Coast, Minister Jones said.
As a result of the Games, close to $3 billion in projects are in
the pipeline new hotels, resorts and tourist attractions that will
transform the Gold Coast into a truly global city long after the
All of this world-class infrastructure will achieve a lasting
legacy with better transport links and worldclass sporting venues
for future generations.
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said all Games partners were
focused on delivering a great Games experience, and this starts on
arrival to the Gold Coast.
Our partnership with GCA allows us to work closely with the
airport so it is in the best position to deal with the inevitable
spike in traffic leading up to, during and after the Games, Mr
GCA have been a strong supporter of the Games since the bid
phase and in addition to becoming a member of the GC2018 Sponsor
Family, today weve opened the first official GC2018 store in the
This is the first time a Commonwealth Games store has been
located at an airport and will be the first of 30 locations to open
ahead of the Games. I couldnt think of a better location for
visitors to the Gold Coast to grab a Borobi soft toy or other
merchandise to share the dream with friends and family.
GCA Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said the operational
impacts of the Games had long been on GCAs radar, but the
partnership with GOLDOC underlined the importance of GC2018 to the
airport and the city.
Customer experience is at the forefront of our operations and in
partnering with GOLDOC we can ensure the experience for Games
family and spectators is a positive one, Mr Mills said.
We will provide that all important first and last impression for
thousands of athletes, officials and spectators.
Our sponsorship of the event is also about celebrating the
impact the Games will have on the Gold Coast.
As a major airport servicing the Gold Coast and northern