Flagged during the destination’s mega-famil last month, This is Gold Coast, the guide outlines which hotels, resorts and other accommodation options have accessible rooms and how accessible they are – down to the width of doors and the height of the bed – as well as linking to the accessibility statements of key attractions on the Gold Coast with strong accessibility offerings.
The resource highlights the breadth and depth of options for event organisers who are catering for those with a physical or hidden disability.
Luxury accommodation such as the JW Marriott, the Sheraton Grand Mirage, Gold Coast, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove and Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences all have multiple accessible rooms.
For conference delegates who may be more price sensitive, Mercure Gold Coast Resort, Novotel Surfers Paradise and voco Gold Coast all have accessible rooms.
Attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Topgolf, Home of the Arts (HOTA) and Warner Brothers Movie World – all with business events capabilities – are all featured in the accessibility guide. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has its own accessibility guide, is also featured in the Gold Coast-wide guide.
“We know that one in five people have a disability in Australia,” said Destination Gold Coast’s new head of business events, Brooke Campbell.
“The Gold Coast is a destination for everyone, not just for holiday makers, but meeting planners, professional conference organisers and incentive groups.
“All guests and delegates travelling to the Gold Coast can be confident that they are arriving at an inclusive and accessible destination where we are making constant improvements to the services and information available for all abilities,” said Campbell.
With the Queensland state government currently spotlighting accessibility, Destination Gold Coast’s interim COO Rachel Hancock said the destination was making the most of the focus.
“With 2023 being the Year of Accessible Tourism, the Gold Coast sees this as an opportunity to ignite change and create opportunities for the city’s tourism businesses,” she said.
“From our airport to accommodation, venues and experiences, we’re proud of the significant progress we’ve made for those who visit.”
The accessibility guide can be found on the Destination Gold Coast website.