International students boost Gold Coast economy
The international education and training sector generated A$988 million from foreign students for Australia’s Gold Coast economy in 2018, a growth of 18%, a report from Deloitte Access Economics has stated.
The data revealed that Brazil, China, and India, were the biggest supplier of international students to the Gold Coast, with the sector supporting 4,730 local jobs.
The knock-on effect of international students in the Gold Coast region was that more than 6,200 friends and family of students travelled to the area across the year, generating a further $21 million in tourism revenue.
Kate Jones of Queensland Innovation and Tourism Industry Development highlighted the importance of a government-funded International Student Hub that has supported 10,700 student visits since it opened in 2017.
Gold Coast a welcoming hub for international students
The Gold Coast hub in Southport is a safe, welcoming place that students who are new to Australia can go to receive help with accommodation, work experience and any other issues international students may face.
The state also has two other such hubs, in Brisbane and in Cairns.
Jones said: “International education and training is on track to be a billion-dollar industry for the Gold Coast.
“That means it’s up there with tourism, construction and sport as one of the Coast’s most important industries.
“We see huge potential for growth in this industry that’s why we’re working with education providers on the Cost to market the city to a new generation of students throughout the world.”
Jones says that today’s data proves that the strategy is working, and that the hub has funding in place until 2021.
She continued: “By ensuring the Gold Coast Student Hub continue to grow, we’re making a down payment on the future of this industry.
“The Gold Coast boasts world-class universities, well-resourced TAFE facilities, quality English-language colleges and many of Queensland’s finest high schools. It’s no surprise it’s an in-demand study destination.”
Kate Frazer is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on UK/Ireland and North American education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Kate spends her time as an English and Maths tutor, and is currently pursuing her PGCE in Secondary Mathematics.
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