BARTERCARD LAUNCHES $250,000 INCUBATOR FUND

BARTERCARD LAUNCHES $250,000 INCUBATOR FUND

BARTERCARD has launched a business development grant to get a piece of the startup action. The Gold Coast-based trade exchange's Small Business Incubator Grant has a pool of $250,000 up for grabs, funded through its trade dollar currency. Small and medium-sized businesses on the Gold Coast can apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to...

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MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAS WORKED OUT THE NEW MEDIA MODEL

MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAS WORKED OUT THE NEW MEDIA MODEL

IN the age of disruption, it is publishing that has been one of the industries hardest hit by new technology, but Gold Coast entrepreneur Dan Richardson (pictured) could have found the successful business model that so many in this industry have searched for.

His health and fitness focussed business, Challenger Media Group, has hit the g...

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GOLD COAST LEADERS DIVE INTO CITY'S SPORTING FUTURE

GOLD COAST LEADERS DIVE INTO CITY'S SPORTING FUTURE

A PANEL of Gold Coast industry leaders will share ideas to help the city shine as a sporting destination on the global stage this weekend. The Big Blue Sky Event will discuss the Gold Coast as Australia's most active city and how to make it the number one sporting precinct by 2020. The panel comprises Gold Coast Commonwealth Games...

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TOURISM GETS A SHARE OF QANTAS BILLION

TOURISM GETS A SHARE OF QANTAS BILLION

QANTAS Airways (ASX:QAN) is ploughing back some of the mega-profits it has earned this past year into promoting its home market to the world through a three-year deal with Tourism Australia.

The flagship carrier has signed a $20 million joint-venture agreement with the peak tourism body to promote Australia through digital marketing initiativ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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SALLY PEARSON NAMED FIRST GC2018 AMBASSADOR

SALLY PEARSON NAMED FIRST GC2018 AMBASSADOR

AUSTRALIAN track queen Sally Pearson OAM has been named the first official ambassador of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast resident is best known for her achievements as a world, Olympic and dual Commonwealth Games hurdles gold medallist. The GC2018 Ambassador Program has been designed to help GOLDOC promote the e...

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ANOTHER WAVE OF TOURISM SUCCESS ON COAST

ANOTHER WAVE OF TOURISM SUCCESS ON COAST

THE number of overnight visitors on the Gold Coast is on the rise, with overnight arrivals from Sydney surging 25 per cent in the past year.   The National Visitor Survey results released today by Tourism Research Australia indicate that the city welcomed 337,000 more domestic overnight visitors and 1.1 million more day-trippers in t...

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TOURISM PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT, SAYS WINTER

TOURISM PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT, SAYS WINTER

INTERNATIONAL visitor expenditure on the Gold Coast has risen 15.4 per cent in the 12 months ending March 2016, with Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter claiming the local industry is punching above its weight. According to Tourism Australia's International Visitor survey, international visitor expenditure on the Glitter Strip rose t...

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GLOBAL PLAYER JOINS COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS TECH SPONSOR

GLOBAL PLAYER JOINS COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS TECH SPONSOR

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has secured the IT supplier of the Olympics to power the 2018 Games. Atos will deliver digital solutions in the planning and staging of the sporting event, including a comprehensive Games Management System (GMS) and Information Diffusion System (IDS). The French technology company...

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UNLOCKING POTENTIAL FROM ONLINE PLATFORMS

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL FROM ONLINE PLATFORMS

ANY business that does not effectively use online platforms risks losing new and potentially lucrative opportunities, says digital agency Stead Lane. The Southport-based company, which specialises in web development and digital strategies, says with the rise of the digital era more people have become heavily reliant on online platforms to...

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CHINESE UNIVERSITY BEATS PATH TO GOLD COAST

CHINESE UNIVERSITY BEATS PATH TO GOLD COAST

ONE of China's largest universities is eying the Gold Coast to explore partnership opportunities in the city's rapidly expanding education sector. Representatives from Tian Fu College of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) are on the Gold Coast as part of a national tour that includes Brisbane, Sydney and Cair...

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GOLD COAST GOES FROM ZERO TO TOURISM HERO

GOLD COAST GOES FROM ZERO TO TOURISM HERO

LAST year it didn't even rank in the top 10, but this year the Gold Coast has edged out Melbourne to capture second spot among Australia's top tourism destinations. However, Sydney remains the crowd favourite by cementing its position at the top of the list compiled annually by TripAdvisor. Queensland destinations take out fiv...

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JAMES WORKS ON A BOLLYWOOD BOOST FOR COAST

JAMES WORKS ON A BOLLYWOOD BOOST FOR COAST

GOLD Coast tourism identity and city council candidate Billy James (pictured) is mapping plans for a Bollywood boost to the city's economy, and he's using his connections in India to make it happen. James, a businessman and former chairman of Economic and Cultural Development Board Gold Coast, hopes to create a strategic alliance ...

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COAST PROVING A HOTSPOT FOR AUSSIES

COAST PROVING A HOTSPOT FOR AUSSIES

TRAVELLERS from across Australia are increasingly choosing the Gold Coast as their holiday destination, with new figures showing the city welcomed an additional 225,000 domestic visitors in 2015. This follows a surge in international tourism spending on the Gold Coast, which jumped 20 per cent to $1.23 billion in 2015, according to Touris...

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GOLD COAST OFFSHORE TOURISM SURGE HITS NEW HIGH

GOLD COAST OFFSHORE TOURISM SURGE HITS NEW HIGH

INTERNATIONAL tourism spending growth on the Gold Coast has surged past the national average, rising 20 per cent to $1.23 billion in 2015. The increase compares with 18 per cent growth in spending to $36.6 billion across the broader Australian market, according to Tourism Research Australia's international visitor survey. The nati...

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GOLD COAST SKIES CARRY SIX MILLION

GOLD COAST SKIES CARRY SIX MILLION

IT'S been a big 12 months in the skies above the Gold Coast with the city's airport recording more than six million passenger movements during the past year. The figures, for the 12 months to the end of December, were boosted by a string of new routes secured by Gold Coast Airport within Australia as well as overseas. Internat...

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METER MAIDS TO FEED HUNGRY BEACHGOERS

METER MAIDS TO FEED HUNGRY BEACHGOERS

GOLD Coast meter maids are expanding their offering after partnering with mobile ordering technology company AirService to launch Australia's first beachside food ordering and delivery service. Beachgoers will be able to order and pay for food via the new Maid to Order app, powered by the AirService platform. Customers will then h...

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AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW TRANS-TASMAN FLIGHTS

AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW TRANS-TASMAN FLIGHTS

GOLD Coasters are set to benefit from direct flights to New Zealand, following the announcement of new AirAsia X services from the Gold Coast to Auckland. The first flight is set to jet off on 22 March 2016, with flights departing Gold Coast at 9.05am each day for Auckland arriving at 3.30pm local time.  To celebrate the new services...

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OVERSEAS VISITOR SPENDING CRACKS $1.1B

OVERSEAS VISITOR SPENDING CRACKS $1.1B

INTERNATIONAL visitor expenditure has hit an all-time high on the Gold Coast, with more than 850,000 tourists spending $1.109 billion in the city during the year to the end of September. Figures released by Tourism Research Australia show that Australia is experiencing a period of strong growth in tourism with international visitors spend...

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KPMG SCORES FRONT ROW AT 2018 GAMES

KPMG SCORES FRONT ROW AT 2018 GAMES

KPMG has thrown its corporate weight behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a deal that will see the accounting group assist in both the lead-up and the dismantling of the event. KPMG has signed up as a tier-two sponsor of the event on the Gold Coast through which it will offer Games organiser GOLDOC a broad range of professional services ...

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WMS NAMED TOP BOUTIQUE FIRM

WMS NAMED TOP BOUTIQUE FIRM

A GOLD Coast accounting firm has come out on top among the best in the nation at the 2015 Australian Accounting Awards in Sydney. WMS Chartered Accountants edged out nine other firms from across the country, taking out Boutique Firm of the Year. The honour is awarded to the firm that has driven increased revenues and efficiencies last...

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JACKI HENDY HELPS GOLD COAST TO AIM HIGH

JACKI HENDY HELPS GOLD COAST TO AIM HIGH

GOLD Coast small businesses are set to receive support from Jacki Hendy and The Australian Institute of Management (AIM). AIM's brand new mentoring program will help Gold Coast small businesses and entrepreneurs to maximise their potential in 2016. The 12-month AIM High Business Mastery program will pair entrepreneurs and small bu...

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MRS. FIELDS POPS UP AT PACIFIC FAIR

MRS. FIELDS POPS UP AT PACIFIC FAIR

MRS. FIELDS has cooked up its first pop-up store in Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, with plans to expand the delicious baked goods company to a new batch of customers. Mrs. Fields CEO Andrew Benefield (pictured) says the pop-up will give the company an opportunity to access customers who may not have had a taste of the brand or have easy ac...

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JUPITERS STEALS THE SHOW AT AWARDS NIGHT

JUPITERS STEALS THE SHOW AT AWARDS NIGHT

JUPITERS Hotel & Casino has triumphed over the state, taking out the trifecta at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The awards are another major achievement for the Gold Coast casino, off the back of its $345 million renovation. Japanese restaurant Kiyomi recei...

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JUPITERS READY TO PARTY AFTER BACKING GAMES

JUPITERS READY TO PARTY AFTER BACKING GAMES

JUPITERS Hotel & Casino has jumped in early as the first official partner for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and staked its ambitions to make Broadbeach party central during the event. Financial details of the partnership have not been disclosed, but according to Echo Entertainment Group (ASX:EGP) chairman John O'Neill the move is a...

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COAST AIMS FOR BIGGER SHARE OF $6B FILM FEAST

COAST AIMS FOR BIGGER SHARE OF $6B FILM FEAST

FILM and television production contributes close to $6 billion to the Australian economy each year, with Queensland and the Gold Coast looking to snare a bigger share of the pie. Screen Queensland says it is working to attract talent to the state and its most recent win is a new television mini-series starring Rebecca Gibney. Screen Q...

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CHINESE STUDENTS ADD TO ECONOMY, $100,000 AT A TIME

CHINESE STUDENTS ADD TO ECONOMY, $100,000 AT A TIME

THE Gold Coast's billion-dollar international student market is about to get bigger after Study Gold Coast secured a new agreement with a key Chinese market. The deal with Chengdu Education Bureau taps into a market of 81 million people with plans to engage with potential students through a social media campaign in the burgeoning Chin...

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HONG KONG FLIGHTS BOOST CHINA'S TIES WITH COAST

HONG KONG FLIGHTS BOOST CHINA'S TIES WITH COAST

THE Gold Coast's ties with China have just been given another shot in the arm after Hong Kog Airlines announced the launch of charter flights to the city early next year. The plan marks the airline's entry to the Australian market with the flights expected to start in January and run through to the end of March. The charter se...

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BOTOX INDUSTRY NOT SO SMOOTH ON THE GOLD COAST

BOTOX INDUSTRY NOT SO SMOOTH ON THE GOLD COAST

ALLEGATIONS that Gold Coast beauty businesses are watering down their Botox products to undercut competitors have been dismissed by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Recent media reports suggest clinics on the Gold Coast are heavily diluting their products in order to attract cash-conscious consumers. However, t...

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PIZZA-PRENEURS BRING IN THE DOUGH

PIZZA-PRENEURS BRING IN THE DOUGH

A YOUNG entrepreneurial couple has pocketed more than $50,000 from the Domino's (ASX:DMP) Pizza Mogul campaign, with their international inspired pizzas. Emma Edwards and Cameron Blackburn charged to the top of the Pizza Mogul leader board with their range, #FlavoursOfTheWorld. The website and app allows Australian users to create...

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