Global gateway

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A gateway to Asia and the world with established international relations and direct flights.

From our enduring appeal as a tourism destination over many decades to emerging collaborations through our education sector, the Gold Coast’s connection with Asia has never been deeper. Our businesses are reaching out every day to engage with new markets in the region.

The Gold Coast manufacturing sector is the biggest exporter by value to international markets, even greater than tourism and education. It accounted for 34 per cent of our city’s $4.9 billion global exports in 2018-19.

With proximity to international airports on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, and direct flights to key Asian trading centres, Gold Coast businesses take advantage of their strategic location to forge new links with international trading partners in the Asia hub and beyond.

Our industries operate across three time zones, riding a 24-hour business cycle that encompasses the Asian time zone, and taps into the closing of American and opening of European business days.

Shoring up this advantage, the Gold Coast has established programs and incentives to ensure international trade flourishes.

Significant among these incentives is the International Trade and Investment Program, designed to raise our global profile, strengthen international networks, and increase export-based and inward investment. The program participates in trade missions and international business-matching to assist export-ready businesses to generate sales and build business capacity.

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For those not export-ready, an annual Emerging Exporters Program conducts sessions on developing markets and sales channels to enable local businesses to take their products and services to international markets.

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In partnership with Austrade’s TradeStart network, the Gold Coast also provides small and medium-sized exporters access to government resources and assists with connecting to overseas networks.

The Gold Coast is actively developing new international relationships and cementing existing ties with the high-growth Asia-Pacific market, stimulating trade, investment, cultural exchange, education collaborations and tourism visitation.