About us

Experience Gold Coast has brought together Destination Gold Coast, Major Events Gold Coast, Study Gold Coast, Placemakers*, and HOTA, Home of the Arts under one entity.

Our focus is on strengthening the Gold Coast’s position as Australia’s premier tourism destination, being a home of major events, a preferred place to study and delivering arts and cultural experiences.



John Warn, senior tourism executive with a wealth of experience in hospitality, major events, sport, retail, and the arts, is the inaugural CEO of Experience Gold Coast starting with the organisation in November 2023.

John’s passion for his home city remains at the core of his drive to bring fresh, bold ideas forward and inspire a dynamic future for the Gold Coast.