| The Gold Coast has lured yet another premier event from Brisbane, and the decision to move the Australian Motorcycle Expo to the world-class Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has prompted organisers to compliment the event with two additional and exciting shows.|
The first event to make use of the entire venue, including the new Northern Extension, will also incorporate the staging of the inaugural Australian Personal WaterCraft (PWC) Show and Australian Scooter Festival. Street bikes, dirt bikes, customs, choppers, trikes and ATVs will be showcased alongside the latest scooter and PWC models, bringing together a range of recreational activities in one ideal location, the first event of its type in Australia.
Given the Gold Coast’s love affair with the beaches and Broadwater, the location presented the ideal opportunity to introduce a dedicated PWC show, with an ever-expanding range of models and manufacturers. On show at the GCCEC from February 19-22 (2009), the range of display craft will be complimented by exhibits from aftermarket accessory, apparel and service providers.
Event organisers Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) are also putting plans into place to utilise the venue’s riverside location for test rides and a host of exciting demonstrations from professional PWC riders.
Mark Petersen, Event Manager, said the Australian PWC Show was shaping up to be a popular addition to a range of quality events already staged on the Gold Coast, which ranked one of the fastest-growing and most desirable cities to live in.
“We are very excited to bring the inaugural Australian PWC Show to the Gold Coast, what better place to showcase the latest and greatest in the fast-growing range of jet skis and watercraft,” said Petersen.
“Our rivers, Broadwater and beaches are a haven for PWC enthusiasts, there is no better way to spend a sun-soaked weekend than cruising the coastal waterways.”
“The range of craft available today is incredible, there’s something for everyone, from the budget-conscious to those who prefer a more luxurious cruiser, as well as a range of race-bred models including the challenging stand-up skis as well.”
“Not only will this event present some fantastic sales specials to visitors, it will also feature an array of test ride facilities in the adjacent waterway as well as demonstrations by some of the world’s greatest freestyle riders.”
The Australian Scooter Festival is another feature that finds strong sentiment on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Low maintenance, running and registration costs and a reduced environmental footprint have seen scooter sales soar in the past few years, and this event will present the most extensive range of scooters ever showcased in one place.
From spritely 50cc runabouts to luxurious 500cc models with features to rival high-end motorcycles, today’s scooter market is diverse and flexible.
“Scooters are a great way to get about, they are economical to run and register and a lot of fun at the same time,” added Petersen.
“The Gold Coast is renowned for its love of scooters, and this isn’t limited to our strong turnover of tourists each year. The city’s suburbs are close and well-connected by a safe network of roads and highways, making the scooter a smart choice to get to work or enjoy beaches and other attractions on the weekends.”
Including the waterways, foyer, parklands and indoor exhitbition areas, ETF expects to occupy almost 15,000 sqm in and around the GCCEC in staging the events. The convergence of the motorcycling, scooter and PWC industries in Broadbeach and the Gold Coast as a whole is expected to inject close to 5 million dollars through the accommodation, dining, travel and entertainment sectors.
The scooter and PWC events will suitably compliment the Australian Motorcycle Expo, which will also showcase the nation’s most comprehensive range on two-wheels, including the exclusive unveiling of a range of new 2009 machines.
The Australian Motorcycle Expo was established in Melbourne in 2001 where it has run for the past 7 years – in 2006 and 2007 the event also ran in Brisbane. Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) figures released last week suggest Australians are embracing the motorcycling lifestyle like never before, with another first quarter sales record set at the end of March.
Total sales were up 4.9% to the same period in 2008, and 2007 was the fifth year running for record sales, peaking at 129,966.
Gold Coast Lures Major Motorcycling, PWC And Scooter Showcase Event from Brisbane () 04/17 10:57 AM
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