Gold Coast to improve surfing for tourists

Australia's Gold Coast is set to improve its surfing with wave pools and artificial reefs – in the hope that it will attract more people with pre-paid travel cards.

According to the Herald Sun, the region could soon have some of the best artificial surfing hotspots on the planet as Australia steps up its tourism drive.

At present, holders of prepaid travel cards spend in the region of $3.3 billion throughout the Gold Coast area, but the limited number of surfing hotspots means the crowds of surfers are growing.

Speaking to the news provider, John Nielsen, chairman of a taskforce aimed at driving forward the surfing industry on the Gold Coast, said: "Wave pools will be operational on the Gold Coast within two years. We are already talking with operators who want to bring them here."

He added: "We're not talking about the kind of wave pool like at Wet 'n' Wild – we're talking about pools that can generate perfect barrels."

The move could dramatically improve Australia's domestic travel figures, which have recently been lacklustre thanks to the global economic turmoil.

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