Historic achievement as 2032 Olympics secure for Brisbane and South East Queensland

Australia will host the Olympics for the third time and the Paralympics for the second time after the announcement tonight by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Brisbane and South East Queensland had won the 2032 Games.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said securing the Games was a coup for the nation, saying “this is a historic day not just for Brisbane and Queensland, but for the country as a whole.

“Only the cities of the world can secure the Olympics – so this is a fitting recognition for Brisbane’s position in our region and in the world.

“It also marks an important leap forward for Australia as we look to major events that lock in economic growth and social benefits that will spill over into the years to come.

“We know the impact on Sydney over two decades ago was transformative. We can now expect a repeat for Brisbane and the communities of Queensland. “

Speaking from Tokyo where he joined Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk to nominate Brisbane for the IOC, Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said preparations for the event would now trigger considerable growth and investment, commenting “we will see Brisbane and Queensland host Olympic and Paralympic Games that are affordable, beneficial and sustainable for Queensland and Australia.”

With KPMG consultants who estimated the economic and social benefits at $ 8.1 billion for Queensland and $ 17.6 billion for Australia, the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) said the organization of the The 2032 Olympics was a huge victory for the recovery of tourism in Australia.

TTF Chairman Bruce Baird and TTF Managing Director Margy Osmond today said the announcement was a resounding endorsement of Australia’s long-standing reputation as one of the world capitals of major events and would give a positive boost to the tourism industry in Queensland and Australia during what has been a time of extreme poverty.

In a joint statement, they congratulated Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Federal Sports Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck and the entire Australian delegation for being there on the pitch in Tokyo to secure what will be a massive post COVID. a godsend for Australia.

“While it may be difficult to imagine long-term goals or achievements beyond the major challenges we currently face, especially for those who are currently stuck, this announcement is truly an early victory for the medal. gold for the nation and the 11 busy years before. until the Games, then beyond.

“Many Australians will remember the lasting value and impact that the 2000 Sydney Olympics had not only in New South Wales but for the nation more broadly (and) we can expect a similar increase. the economic and national morale of the hosting of these Olympic Games in 2032 and they help place Brisbane and South East Queensland on the world visitors map.

“It will also allow Australia to properly secure our piece of the long-term international tourism pie in what will be a highly competitive post-COVID world.”

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) said it was “delighted with the announcement and what it will mean for the tourism industry”.

QTIC Managing Director Daniel Gschwind said “this is what our industry and our community needed in this gloomy COVID time, an ambitious goal that reminds us that there is a positive future ahead of us.”

“We have 11 years to do our best to prepare for this unique opportunity to welcome the world to this beautiful state in 2032.”

“The global media exposure of Queensland and Brisbane before, during and after the Games for tourism and wider international relations will be incalculable and offer enormous opportunities. “

Images: Sunshine Coast City Council Mayor Mark Jamieson and councilors, athletes and others celebrate the announcement of the Brisbane 2032 Games at the Kings Beach Amphitheater tonight (top) and.

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