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Computer bug scare cost Gold Coast tourism
The general manager of the Gold Coast Tourism Bureau estimates the Y2K computer scare cost the city 30 to 40 per cent of the visitations it was expecting from some of its core markets.
Bob Brett says there was a significant downturn over the New Year period, particularly from Japan and South-East Asian nations.
However, he says there is a renewed desire from those areas to visit the Gold Coast.
"Some of those markets that have been sluggish for some time for different reasons are starting to come back very strongly into the Gold Cost and that's very pleasing and that's why we are in the marketplace," he said.
"We need to be talking to the tour wholesalers the airlines and those people who drive tour packages in the destinations where the consumers come from."
-- Martin Thompson (email@example.com), February 07, 2000