Schoolie visitors prefer Surfers

COOLANGATTA hotels had no reservations from school leavers with Schoolies Week only a few weeks away.

Most Coolangatta motels Daily News contacted yesterday reported they had no reservation from school leavers.

Gold Coast Schoolies media consultant Wayne Hickson said schoolies tended to concentrate in certain areas such as the Sunshine Coast, Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay.

"The main reason we set up in Surfers is because most schoolies gravitated there," Mr Hickson said.

"We are just there to keep all the kids occupied and it has more to do with safety management."

Mr Hickson said he would like to see schoolies choose to spread out more across the city, including Coolangatta.

Connecting Southern Gold Coast general manager Jim Wilson said schoolies was just one event that benefited the Coast.

"I don't think the school kids have an interest in the southern Gold Coast," Mr Wilson said.

"They look for somewhere with more intensity about it. We are where the bush meets the beach, and a little more laid-back.

"Anything that promotes the Gold Coast as a city benefits the rest of the city."

Mr Wilson said through consultation with the community some great events were created to get "heads on beds".

He said the southern Gold Coast attracted people to the area through several events throughout the year, such as the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Cooly Rocks On and the Swell Festival.

"Cooly Rocks On and the Swell Festival are considered hallmark events for the Gold Coast," he said.



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