RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Club had called for upgrades for years and recent announcements by the State and Federal Governments had been positive news for motorists.
“It’s so important we see all levels of government working to fix the M1,” Mr Turner said.
“We forget congestion doesn’t just affect commuters, it gives visitors to the Gold Coast a lousy experience.
“The recently announced M1 upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill are welcome and will reduce the amount of time drivers spend in traffic.
“The Gold Coast’s $5 billion tourism industry is too important to be put at risk by traffic gridlock.”
Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan said it was important for the Gold Coast to be more accessible.
“The most important thing in regard to tourism is the M1. That is enabling people who want to get here now to get here easily when our biggest market is south east Queensland” Mr Donovan said.
“This is our biggest risk. People will still come but there is so much discussion about the M1 that it may turn people off — so that is big.”