Brisbane accom bonanza as Socceroos hit town

Brisbane hotels are set to benefit from 20,000 extra guests when the Socceroos take on Korea this November in the first international football match held in the Queensland capital since 2015.

New Socceroos coach Graham Arnold was in the city on Tuesday to officially announce the match alongside Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

“We love our sport in Brisbane, and we are proud to have the chance to welcome home the Socceroos for their first match on home soil after this year’s World Cup,” Quirk said.

“Brisbane’s commitment to attracting major events has a significant impact on our economy, injecting more than $150 million into the city’s economy each year.

“The match against South Korea will also provide a welcome boost to the city’s hotels, with the event set to drive visitation to Brisbane and forecast to add more than 20,000 hotel room nights.”

The Socceroos’ return to Suncorp Stadium comes through a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Football Federation Australia.

It is expected to inject around $5.8 million into the Queensland economy through hotel bookings, dining and increased visits to local tourism operators.

Over the course of 2018, the economy is expected to benefit to the tune of $780 million from increased state government expenditure on attracting major events to the state.

The post-World Cup friendly will be the first time in more than three years the Queensland capital has hosted an Australian football fixture.

“Securing an international soccer match of this calibre in Brisbane is a coup for Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

“We know sporting events like this deliver strong tourism outcomes by driving visitation.

“It will also give Socceroos fans the chance to enjoy a piece of live world-class soccer action in their own backyard.

“On the back of the FIFA World Cup in 2018, now is the perfect time to capitalise on the huge interest in international soccer by bringing these two teams and their loyal following back to Brisbane.”

The game will be the first of Arnold’s new stint as Socceroos coach and an important warm-up ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said it was “fantastic” that the Socceroos’ first game since this year’s World Cup would be in Brisbane.

“I would like to thank the Queensland Government, Brisbane Marketing and Suncorp Stadium for their support for hosting this match in Brisbane.”

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