The baton relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition, taking the Queen’s message from Buckingham Palace to the Games destination via Commonwealth nations.
This year’s baton relay is the longest ever, starting from London in March and travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days over 230,000 km.
Accompanying the relay is a series of showcase events organised as part of Trade 2018, the trade and investment program for the Gold Coast Games.
These kicked off in March with an investment roundtable in London promoting the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
The 200 ha Southport precinct is already home to world-class research and allied medical facilities, and will grow with the addition of the 29 ha Games village. The village will eventually be redeveloped to become a mixed-used residential community.
More Trade 2018 events were held in July in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, again briefing potential investors on the health and knowledge precinct. Future events are scheduled for India, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand as the relay passes through.
Trade 2018 will continue during the Games, with Commonwealth House on the Gold Coast running trade and investment events for international visitors. TIQ will contribute to these events.
TIQ’s international offices are also helping to organise the Trade 2018 showcases in various countries.
The baton will travel through the Americas, Europe, Asia and other parts of Oceania before beginning its Australian leg in December. If you’d like to see where it is today, follow the baton journey on the GC2018 website.
You can also register your interest in the Trade 2018 program.