By Mike Mangano
Pacific Airshow Gold Coast Releases Event Dates
Pacific Airshow today released the dates for its inaugural Gold Coast, Queensland, event, expanding the highly successful Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach to Australia in 2023. The three-day Pacific Airshow Gold Coast, scheduled from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2023, promises to be the largest air show in Australian history.
In an interview with AirlineGeeks, Pacific Airshow Gold Coast event organiser Kevin Elliot said that the event aims to be “more than just an air show; it will be a total experience,” with each day set to be unique. He added that “the irons are in the fire”, with Pacific Airshows unique and international relationships set to secure display teams, Urban Air Mobility, as well as other assets for the entirety of the event.
Following April’s announcement that Pacific Airshow would be expanding to Australia, Elliot said, “We have been inundated with calls and emails from people across the globe.” As such, the event will cater to all categories of attendees, with a variety of hospitality options to ensure that the event is a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
Offering a glimpse into what those in attendance can expect, Elliot said, “There will be hospitality options for everyone – ranging from show-centre General Admission on the beach to ‘money can’t buy’ VIP experiences, corporate chalets, private cabanas and more! The hospitality build-out on the beach is going to be truly extraordinary and when combined with our highly curated cuisine offerings — we’re taking hospitality on the beach to a whole new level.”
In addition to the culinary culture to be experienced, Elliot said attendees can expect “something for everyone throughout the event precinct stretching for several kilometres along the esplanade,” adding that spectators “can expect the whole of Surfers Paradise, land, sea and sky to be transformed into the world’s biggest stage.”
Explaining why Pacific Airshow Gold Coast stands out as unique among other Australian air shows, Elliot said the event will “be an absolutely epic air show, with the air displays set to flow non-stop and fluently.” Although finer details are yet to be released, including the specifics of which display teams will be performing, Elliot’s position on the International Council of Air Shows means the world’s best talent will be attracted to the event. In a statement, Pacific Airshow said that “spectators are set to be thrilled by world-class aerobatics and jets with adrenaline-pumping speed and thunderous power as well as the latest in Urban Air Mobility technology.”
Elliot reinforced that despite the size and scale of Pacific Airshow Gold Coast – with the event already utilising several full time operations teams – the entire experience will be family-friendly. Speaking on the matter of safety, Elliot told AirlineGeeks that “all stakeholders have been engaged” so as to ensure a safe atmosphere for all in attendance to enjoy. He also said that “during the history of Pacific Airshow, not a single arrest has been made.”
Given the losses experienced by Australia’s tourism industry throughout the pandemic, Pacific Airshow Gold Coast is expected to bring a welcome increase of both national and international tourists to Australia’s most popular holiday destination.
Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said: “The Pacific Airshow Gold Coast will be a game-changer for our city and I’ve no doubt that now the 2023 dates are announced, the media and marketing exposure across Australia is sure to result in strong accommodation bookings giving our tourism sector a welcome boost though the traditionally quieter August period.”
According to Elliot, Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach already attracts 3 million visitors each year and has become a national sensation in the United States – a positive sign for Pacific Airshow Gold Coast, which aims to become an annual and integral element of the Gold Coast’s tourism sector. Speaking on the location and its importance to the event, Elliot told AirlineGeeks that event will be “the biggest spectacle on the coast”, adding “what better place to be than on the Gold Coast – an ideal place to combine a holiday with an incredible air show.”
Tickets will be available later in the year on a first-come first-served basis, with individual and VIP tickets options to be made available. Interested attendees can register their interest to attend Pacific Airshow Gold Coast on Pacific Airshow’s official website.