The National Retail Association (NRA) has today thrown its support behind South East Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, saying hosting the Games would be a windfall for retail businesses and jobs.
NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the Games would provide a massive boost to the state’s business sector in the lead-up and during the event, as well as an ongoing economic legacy.
“The Olympics is an international multi-sport event celebrated by all across the world, and is a perfect opportunity to open our doors to the rest of the world” Mrs Lamb said.
“If successful, we will host around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries. This will mean a massive injection into the economy and the retail sector.
“Economic analysis shows the majority of the 129,000 new jobs to flow from the Games would be in the retail and hospitality sectors, along with construction.
“International tourists are predicted to spend around $10 billion during the Games in areas such the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays, Far North Queensland and the Outback.
“This will be great for the State and great for the country. We encourage all businesses to get behind the bid.”
The National Retail Association is Australia’s most representative retail industry association, with more than 28,000 shop fronts nationwide. It has been serving businesses in the retail and fast food sectors for close to 100 years.
Dominique Lamb is available for interviews.