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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SUNSHINE STATE MARKS 19.1 MILLION VISITS

SUNSHINE STATE MARKS 19.1 MILLION VISITS

MORE Australian holidaymakers are opting to explore their own backyard and Queensland is reaping the benefits, recording its highest year of domestic travel since 1999. The state notched 19.1 million visits this past financial year, increasing 6 per cent or almost half a million more visitors than the year before, new figures state. M...

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JACKMAN ON BOARD AS THE MAN FROM QANTAS

JACKMAN ON BOARD AS THE MAN FROM QANTAS

QANTAS has enlisted Hugh Jackman as a global ambassador, the latest in a star studded line up of partnerships to spruik the airline. The award-winning actor will promote Australia as a travel destination of choice to the world, as well as work with Qantas on a number of community projects. Jackman says he was proud to align himself wi...

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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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FLYING START FOR SHOP FRONTAGE GRANTS

FLYING START FOR SHOP FRONTAGE GRANTS

SMALL business owners are jumping on board a beautification initiative, with Adelaide City Council processing more than 50 enquiries. The Shopfront Improvement Grant Program aims to help attract customers, improve disability access and contribute to the city's appeal. Deputy Lord Mayor Houssam Abiad says the program has been so po...

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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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NEW INITIATIVE TO BOOST MINING MENTAL HEALTH

NEW INITIATIVE TO BOOST MINING MENTAL HEALTH

A NEW partnership in the resources industry plans to equip South Australian mining and quarry workers with strategies to improve mental health. The Rock Solid suicide prevention pilot program has been funded by Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee (MAQOHSC) and jointly run with Mining Family Matters and Wesley Lif...

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FRONTIER TOURING SCOOPS TOP SPOT

FRONTIER TOURING SCOOPS TOP SPOT

FRONTIER Touring has topped US publication Billboard's list as the number one independent concert promoter in the world. The Melbourne-based promoter ranked third overall with the highest grossing Boxscore, after global organisations Live Nation and AEG Live. Frontier is the leading Australasian promoter, followed by Dainty Group ...

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EVOCCA COLLEGE HEADS TO APPLE ISLE

EVOCCA COLLEGE HEADS TO APPLE ISLE

TRAINING organisation Evocca College continues to expand its national footprint, with a new campus set to launch in Tasmania. The Brisbane-based company will open in Glenorchy and offer diploma-level courses in business, administration and management. Evocca College has 40 campuses across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and ...

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BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL ADDS TO RUM DIARY

BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL ADDS TO RUM DIARY

QUEENSLAND'S love affair with rum is in for a new twist, crafted behind the bar at Breakfast Creek Hotel. Commissioned by the team at its namesake bar within the venue, Substation No. 41 Rum is a dark blend made with sugarcane molasses. The Substation No.41 Rum Bar opened in 2012 and is home to one of the largest collections of ru...

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JOB ADS UP, EMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN

JOB ADS UP, EMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN

EMPLOYERS across the country are continuing to advertise jobs at an increased rate, according to recent findings by ANZ.
The number of total job ads released nationwide per week has risen by 9.9% since 2014 with the majority of these directed to the internet, a medium which saw a rise in post activity by 10.8%.
While the stats c...

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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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BRISBANE'S BOLD PLAN TO BECOME A NEW WORLD CITY BY 2022

BRISBANE'S BOLD PLAN TO BECOME A NEW WORLD CITY BY 2022

BRISBANE has laid plans to put itself firmly on the global stage through a bold strategy that aims to encourage new-age thinking to build upon the success of last year's acclaimed G20 conference. The Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, prepared by the Lord Mayor's Economic Development Steering Committee, has handed down 40 k...

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GREETERS PROGRAM SECURES NEW PERK

GREETERS PROGRAM SECURES NEW PERK

THE Coffee Club has teamed up with the Brisbane Greeters program to welcome visitors to the city with a cuppa. The Brisbane-based café franchise is the first official sponsor of the initiative created by Brisbane Marketing in 2012. The free ambassadorial service has welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to Brisbane from its networ...

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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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MOWR APP AIMS TO CUT MORE THAN GRASS

MOWR APP AIMS TO CUT MORE THAN GRASS

THE rise of the share economy has led to more people outsourcing daily tasks, with one Gold Coast man staking claim to some turf in the sector. Tom Matthew (pictured) plans to develop an app to transform the landscaping industry and make it easier for people to hire a lawn mowing service. MOWR uses GPS technology to provide an overvie...

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TATTS GROUP BETS ON REMODEL TO BOOST SALES

TATTS GROUP BETS ON REMODEL TO BOOST SALES

UBET has opened its first Australian store in Brisbane, as part of a multi-million dollar rebranding strategy of TattsBet. The UBET New Farm store is the first to be overhauled in its network of more than 1200 retail sport and race betting outlets. Parent company Tatts Group (ASX:TTS) is chasing an increase in sales following the mode...

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GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

BRISBANE technology start-ups are being encouraged to apply for an investment program to get their hands on a share of $25,000 in funding. The Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program offers grants of up to $5000 for business owners to study, attend a start-up conference, seek professional advice or participate in a trade mission. ...

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