'It's a ghost town' - Parts Of Gold Coast Practically Deserted During Weekend 1 Of Comm Games

Hospitality industry hurting

9 April 2018

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Australia has been a dominant force during the Commonwealth Games but it seems Gold Coast businesses aren't feeling that same force, some bars and restaurants saying the weekend was one of their quietest trading periods in recent times.

Tourists snaps across the region show partially empty beaches, deserted streets and highways, with locals seemingly 'scared off' by warnings from Comm Games organisers to 'free up' roads during the event to accommodate the heavy flow of international traffic.

Gold Coast Uber driver Stephanie spent her weekend shipping spectators to and from their venues, she said it's devastating to see the place "practically empty" at a time when business should be booming.

"I took home the owner of Soho in Broadbeach, he said that last night was the slowest night since Soho opened," she said.

"Unfortunately, the Gold Coast is not being showcased as it normally is because there are such few people around. Such a sad reflection on how these games are being run and how the city is being showcased, this is not the Gold Coast."

"I drove through Cavill Ave and the only thing I could've hit, was a seagull."

"We've got awesome live entertainment, free entertainment everywhere throughout the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise precincts, and nobody's there."

Games chairman Peter Beattie is feeling the brunt of the hospitality industry's anger, for previously telling Brisbane and Gold Coast residents to stay off the M1. After a dismal first weekend, he has since implored locals to return and spectators to visit venues outside of the event.

Owner of popular Main Beach restaurant Fellini, Carlo Percuoco, has told The Courier Mail he'd be open to the idea of class action to recoup losses over the games period.

"I'm p---ed off with GOLDOC and the State Government and local council .. all of them. I wouldn't start it but I'd join it. I'd support it 100 per cent," he told the paper.


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