Gympie mayor Ron Dyne.
Gympie mayor Ron Dyne. Craig Warhurst

Gympie to go for G20 gold

BRISBANE may be the host city for a meeting of the world's most powerful leaders in 2014, but Gympie hopes to be among the other parts of Queensland to reap the benefits.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Wednesday that Brisbane had been appointed host of the G20 Leader's Summit in 2014.

The summit will attract the world's leaders, from countries including the US, Russia and China, and Central Bank governors, over a two-day conference in November.

About 7000 international diplomats, their families and accredited media will descend two hours south of Gympie for the event.

The tourism sector has welcomed the prestigious event, with major benefits predicted to flow on to regional Queensland.

Gympie region Mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday targeting the huge press contingent would likely reap the most benefits for the Gympie region.

The council would investigate avenues of drawing them north by promoting activities and attractions such as feeding the dolphins at Tin Can Bay, horse riding in the Mary Valley and visiting the coloured sands at Rainbow Beach.

"I have seen what happens in Canberra when American presidents arrive. It's certainly disruptive and hard to get around."

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said that of the 7000 people (attending the summit), some would stay outside of Brisbane, whether it be the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, and would be exposed to regional Queensland.

"Although the focus will be on Brisbane, there will be an interest from the travelling journalists. There will be a strong incentive for them to add a day or two and stop off somewhere else in Queensland," he said.

Accommodation Association of Australia chief executive Richard Munro said the event would bring worldwide media attention to Brisbane and regional Queensland.

"The event will also enhance Brisbane and Queensland's reputation and ability to host major international events," he said.

A regional Queensland city also will get a share of the G20 pie with a plan to host a finance leaders meeting in a yet-to-be announced centre during the summit.

Premier Campbell Newman has flagged Cairns as a strong contender.

"We really need to give it a good boost and I know that that part of Queensland would again be a great venue for the finance ministers' part of the overall G20," he told Sky News.

The Australian Government also has agreed to foot most of the $370 million summit bill, including additional police resources.

"Importantly, the Australian Government has also given an undertaking that no Queensland community will be left with inadequate police resources due to the summit," Mr Newman said.

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