Expressions of Interest for Return of Iconic Event

The return of Mackay’s immensely popular Beach Horse Races took a step closer today, following the release by Mackay Tourism of an Expressions of Interest callout to run the event. Expressions of Interest are being sought from professional event management firms to deliver a refreshed version of the Mackay Beach Horses Races from 2021-2023.

Run between 2012 to 2017, the Mackay Beach Horse Races were a highlight on Mackay and Queensland’s events calendar. The event attracted thousands of regional, interstate and international visitors to the region.

With the release of the Expression of Interest, Mackay Tourism is confident a management firm will be found to re-establish the Mackay Beach Horse Races as the showpiece event and a significant economic contributor for the region.

Mackay Tourism Chief Executive Officer Tas Webber spoke regarding the release of the Expressions of Interest.

“The Mackay Beach Horse Races played a major role in establishing Mackay’s reputation as a premier events destination, and undoubtably contributed to the rise of tourism in our region,” he said.

Mr Webber continued, “when the event was cancelled in 2018, a thorough review was conducted into its strength, weaknesses and circumstances for its stopping. This review led to the writing of a Business Plan and a three-year strategy for the event’s return.”

He added, “Mackay Tourism is seeking professional event management firms to put this strategy into action, and with the support of Mackay Tourism and our stakeholders, bring back the Beach Horse Races bigger and better than ever.”

“Given the widespread popularity of this event, both amongst visitors and locals, I’m very confident that from 2021, an events management company can restore the Mackay Beach Horse Races as the centrepiece event for our region,” Mr Webber stated.

Expressions of Interest responses close at 12 noon on Tuesday, 1 June 2020, and the document is available at this link.





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Tuesday, 28 April 2020