Gold Coast Tourism has released a list of the top requests at hotels across the region for 2012.

As the Gold Coast’s extensive list of five-star hotels and resorts continues to grow – thanks to the recent openings of Peppers Broadbeach and Hilton Surfers Paradise in particular – properties remain determined as ever to deliver on their customers’ ongoing needs.

In 2012, requests ranged from romantic overtures, indulgent luxuries to the more extravagant and out of the ordinary.

Here is the top 10 requests at the Gold Coast’s leading hotels in 2012:
1 Asked to purchase alpacas for a Middle Eastern royal family.
2 An overseas visitor asked if he could organise a day trip to visit Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs and the Great Barrier Reef all in the same day!
3 Organised a private jet for the Argentine Polo team to fly from Gold Coast to Malaysia with 6-hours’ notice.
4 Booked rooms on different floors for wife and girlfriend
5 An elderly couple looking to renew their wedding vows at the hotel asked two staff members to be Bridesmaid and Best Man. As regulars to the hotel the couple knew these staff members very well.
6 Organised dinner for two at Gold Coast Hinterland hotspot, Table Mountain. Guests arrived by helicopter where a personal chef, waiter and Spanish guitarist were waiting.
7 A guest left his luxury sports vehicle to be sold by a hotel staffer as he had to unexpectedly leave the country
8 A unique wedding proposal – with a gentleman proposing to his girlfriend as staff from the resort all wearing t-shirts that spelt out MARRY ME while a beautiful rendition of somewhere over the rainbow being played on the ukulele from a gentleman who just appeared to be walking by.
9 Exclusive use of the gym for various celebrities
10 Exclusive use of the Executive Lounge for a wedding proposal

Other more common requests at Gold Coast hotels during 2012 included:
-Unpack suitcases and hang clothes;
-Run a warm bubble bath;
-Arrange flowers for wife/girlfriend (or both);
-Arrange rose petals and candles on the bed;
-Cook dinner in the room;
-Arrange high protein foods and menus for athletes;
-Arrange birthday cakes; and
-Stay in a certain room on a certain floor every stay

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management