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Published on November 14th, 2011 | by john.weir

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Aussie Gold Coast games win set to spark jobs boom

Australia’s Gold Coast has won the race to host the 2018 Commonwealth games, and delivering a likely $2 billion boon in the process.

The win, hailed by Premier Anna Bligh as a confidence booster for the entire state is set to create more than 30,000 jobs in the region, one of the most popular with UK migrants and travellers alike. In the process, the Gold coast beat off the challenge of Sri Lankan town Hambantota, which was considered a medium to high risk by the Games Federation.

A clearly delighted Ms Bligh said the win was great news for the entire state of Queensland – and not just the Gold Coast. “Congratulations to the Gold Coast, to Queensland and Australia we did it,” she said. “Our united community welcomes these Games. This city will be transformed with new infrastructure and a buzz that only a big international event like this can bring.”These Games will bring superb tourism opportunities for the Gold Coast and for Queensland.

“The Games will also act as a catalyst to fast-track infrastructure development.”Tourism chiefs predicted 60,000 interstate and 60,000 international visitors to the event, on top of the 10,000 athletes and officials.And they were confident that years of world exposure before April 2018 would bring hundreds of thousands more people to Queensland.

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