Gold Coast Airport.
Gold Coast Airport. Blainey Woodham

Commonwealth Games gets a Countdown Clock

THE Gold Coast Airport today unveiled their latest attraction with the city's second 'Countdown Clock' for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey revealed the 2.7 metre surfboard shaped clock bearing the Games emblem and an LED clock counting down to 4 April 2018.

Ms Stuckey said she was delighted that the airport had commissioned this GC2018 Countdown Clock given the potential exposure to an ever increasing volume of traffic through the terminal.

"This will be a great reminder to domestic and international visitors that the Commonwealth Games will soon be coming to the Gold Coast," she said.

"Like the clock located on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise, it will be a popular attraction with tourists taking photos, 'checking in on Facebook' and uploading and sharing on social media, making a great contribution to the promotion of the city."

Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd Managing Director, Dennis Chant said the design of the clock captured the city's iconic beach culture and was a bright and welcoming feature in the terminal.

"This is a physical reminder that the Commonwealth Games is coming to the city and is indicative of the fact that Gold Coast Airport is part of a very proud and enthusiastic host city welcoming this event in 2018," he said.

"The Countdown Clock will be seen by more than 5.7 million passengers currently transiting Gold Coast Airport annually and we see its positioning in the terminal as great promotion and exposure of Commonwealth Games."

Ms Stuckey said the boost in airport passenger numbers over past 12 months is a testament to the Newman Government's work to reinvigorate an industry which Labor neglected.

The Gold Coast Airport Countdown Clock was manufactured locally and custom shaped by a Coolangatta surfboard manufacturer, sponsor of world champion Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson.


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