Packed for the beach: Competition winners Whitney King, Malcom King, being welcomed by Gold Coast Titans Anthony Laffranchi, Mark Miniechiello, and Naeem Alvi and Justine McColl.
Packed for the beach: Competition winners Whitney King, Malcom King, being welcomed by Gold Coast Titans Anthony Laffranchi, Mark Miniechiello, and Naeem Alvi and Justine McColl. Scott Powick

Tourists win tickets to Gold Coast

FOUR New Zealand tourists, ready for the beach, landed on the Gold Coast yesterday.

“The Wear Your Cossies to Win a Trip to Aussie” competition, was run by Jetstar to celebrate its first flight from Queenstown, New Zealand to the Gold Coast, and was won by Whitney and Malcom King.

“We heard about the competition on Monday on the radio and decided to enter,” Mrs King said.

“We were going to go the whole way and get a big rubber duckie but we decided to just go with the swimmers.”

Budding tourists arrived at the airport in New Zealand dressed to impress

Naeem Alvi and Justine McColl were also awarded flights to the Gold Coast.

“I’ve always wanted to come to Australia and we turned up to the airport this morning not knowing if we would win or not,” Mr Alvi said.

“Out of the plane window the Gold Coast looks like a seaside Manhattan.”

Jetstar head of government and commercial partnerships Unni Menon said the first flight was a little more than half-full.

“Bookings were a little bit better going back,” Mr Menon said.

“If you look at our services in January 2011 compared to January 2010 we will have a total of 83,000 seats a week, which is an additional 24,700 seats from 2010 numbers.”

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Paul Donovan said Queenstown and the Gold Coast were popular destinations.

“As one of the world’s premier skiing destinations, Queenstown is a popular destination for Australians seeking an adrenaline-fuelled holiday in the snow,” Mr Donovan said.

“It’s also no secret that New Zealanders love coming to Australia, especially the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers regions, in search of sun and surf.”

The competition winners will fly back to Queenstown on Monday.



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