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Gold Coast Car Rental CEO: Rise in Business Visitors Boosts Economy
While there’s been a lot of media buzz about the soaring number of tourists thronging to the Gold Coast in the past couple of years, it’s not just holidaying tourists behind the massive increase in visitor numbers. The number of business visitors who are making regular calls to the Australis’s Sunshine Coast has been taking off on a similar trajectory, and that’s great news for the Gold Coast economy, and especially for service providers such as Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, according to CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson.
Darryl, who founded his car rental in 2001 after many years in the city’s business sector as an accounting executive and business consultant, sees nothing but benefits for the city in the current rise in visitor numbers, and the fact that business tourists form a big part of them.
One in 10 Visit Gold Coast on Business
Visitors to the Gold Coast totalled about 11 million last year, and their financial contribution to the local economy topped AUD5 billion. Seeing this economic injection into the city he has served and called his home for so long, is like music to the ears of this veteran Gold City entrepreneur. He believes the growth in the number of business visitors indicates that the city’s business sector is clearly vibrant, which in turn points to a rise in business in general, but particularly for those like car rentals which are involved in the service sector.
According to the 2017-2018 statistics released in March this year, close on 40% of those 11million visitors overnighted in the city, and nearly 400,000 of those were international and domestic visitors who did so for business reasons. And a further 627 000 made day trips to the city for business reasons, bringing the total number of business visitors to over 1million or just under 10% of the total number of visitors to Gold Coast City.
Land, Rent and Ride
Darryl, who hasn’t forgotten his past career as a business consultant, is very quick to point out that the potential for growth in this business boom does not come for nothing. He said it is up to business owners in sectors servicing and supplying these visiting businessmen, and the businesses and developments they come to visit or create, to see the potential benefits the current boom could hold for them, should they take the steps and make any necessary changes.
Gold Coast Family Car Rental has a free pickup and drop service at Gold Coast Airport specially targeted at making car rental easier for those who fly-in and fly-out to attend important meetings, conferences and expos in the city, as well as those who visit clients, or keep an eye on one or more of the development projects in Gold Coast city during this business boom.
For those intrastate and international visitors who fly in with tight deadlines and even tighter time constraints, convenience is a priority when it comes to arranging transport. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals can be booked online with Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or by calling + 61 7 5508 3333.
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