Gold Coast International Marine Expo’s Event and Marketing Co-ordinator Emma Milne said there would be a number of changes introduced this year based on exhibitor and community feedback, including a date change and the introduction of a modest entry ticket price.
“We have decided to bring the Expo dates forward to October 17, 18 and 19 when the weather is a little cooler and to avoid conflicting with other major events such as, the Melbourne Cup and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This date change will also allow our exhibitors more time to prepare boats sold at the Expo ready for pre-Christmas delivery.
“As Expo continues to grow, there will be a greater need for more volunteers and community support, and the Expo Committee hopes to raise even greater funds each year for the local community, which has prompted the move from a gold coin donation entry to the introduction of a nominal ticket price of $8 per adult, $5 for seniors (senior card must be presented) with children under 15 years of age being admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
“Expo will still offer free onsite parking at the gate and exhibitor display rates will be held at the same level as 2013 as we continue to strive to deliver value for Expo visitors and exhibitors. Expo will also continue to support the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Paradise Kids, the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service and Sailability Gold Coast.”
Gold Coast City Marina chairman and new Expo president Pat Gay said he felt honoured to be appointed president of the Gold Coast International Marine Expo committee.
“I am proud of the work that has been done by my predecessor and the dedicated Expo committee and I look forward to growing the Gold Coast International
Marine Expo into an event that is not only recognised statewide or nationwide, but internationally,” Mr Gay said.
“It is important that we, the boating community of the Gold Coast, present a united front and to that end I am hoping to arrange a meeting with the Premier about the dredging of the Coomera River, as it is imperative for all our stakeholders, the well being of the marine industry and boating generally.
“We have created a new date for the Expo, which we hope will attract even more visitors and more exhibitors, as we endeavour to not compete with any other high profile events.
“I look forward to working with the passionate and dedicated Expo team as we start preparing for the 4th annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo.”