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Heavyweights to share their knowledge with Gold Coast audience

THE Gold Coast will host three of the world's most influential business leaders - including Dr Alan Greenspan and Mr Ricardo Semler - at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 25-26 next year as part of a strategy to put the city on the map as a global business hub.

The inaugural

VeryGC Global Business Insights 2007
event has been billed as 'pioneering perspectives set to change the world'.

Headlined by the celebrated Dr Greenspan, legendary US eonomist and former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the US,

VeryGC Global Business Insights 2007 is a first in leadership, thought and technology.

Dr Greenspan will participate and answer questions live via satellite for about an hour at the $595-a head event. Brazilian industrialist Mr Semler and W. Chan Kim, who organisers says is "high on the Top 50 list of the world's most influential and important business thinkers" will appear in person at the event, expected to attract 1500 executives from throughout Australia.

Gold Coast Tourism CEO Pavan Bhatia says

VeryGC Global Business Insights 2007 is part of an assertive strategy to provide another level of business insights to Asia Pacific corporates and executives in the unique Gold Coast setting.

The business tourism market is central to the Gold Coast Tourism Five Year Plan, which recently gained record government funding to increase visitors by more than two million and achieve an annual tourism economic impact of more than $6 billion. Business tourism - comprised of corporate meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions - represents a $17.36 billion industry in Australia. Gold Coast Tourism is on the attack to grow its market share.

In the nine months to September 2006, Gold Coast Tourism had already secured more than $38 million of business tourism-related results, an increase of more than 30 per cent on last year. This success was recently supported in a CEI Asia Pacific magazine survey of more than 400 corporates and corporate buyers, in which the Gold Coast was ranked in the Top 3 resort cities offering the best facilities.

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