Andrew Bell’s Market Wrap: Exclusive Interview With Mantra Group CEO Bob East

Issue 21   |   October 12th, 2017  | Exclusive Interview With Mantra Group CEO Bob East

It is great to be with you today, especially because I have with me one of the great drivers of the Gold Coast, Mr Bob East, who is the CEO of Australia’s largest accommodation provider, Mantra Group, and very significant in driving tourism here on the Gold Coast. Of great significance is the fact that Bob has just been appointed as Chairman of Tourism Australia. The most important role in tourism in the entire country.

Questions to Bob East:

  • How do you measure how healthy the tourism is in Australia and the Gold Coast?
  • Who are the main visitors?
  • Are we getting saturation in the domestic market?
  • Other than China, what is the next biggest growth market for tourism in Australia?
  • The Commonwealth Games is quickly approaching, and the spend in the sporting industry is increasing. How do you see the Commonwealth Games giving a legacy to the Gold Coast?
  • We used to depend on beaches, theme parks etc. to attract tourists. We are now broadening our attractions, however, how important are theme parks to the Gold Coast?
  • There is a lot of competition globally in the tourist market and capturing those travellers. Looking forward 5-10 years from now, how is Australia and the Gold Coast looking?

Please enjoy the above video to hear what Bob has to say.

Thanks Bob for a quick overview. We all wish you the best in your new role and as a personal friend, I can’t tell you how proud we are to have a genuine, passionate Gold Coaster driving such an important aspect of the Australian economy.

Well, that it is for this fortnight. I will be back with you in two weeks’ time with lots of other really interesting pieces of information directly relating to the Gold Coast property market. Until then, stay safe.

Andrew Bell, OAM
Chief Executive Officer
The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group


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