Happy back­pack­ers good for business

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ROLL out the red car­pet for back­pack­ers.

That’s the mes­sage from Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett Tourism gen­eral man­ager Rick Matkowski, who said they not only bol­stered our econ­omy in the short term but could drive tourism to the area for years to come.

“The whole com­mu­nity needs to recog­nise the value of our back­pack­ers,” Mr Matkowski said.

“They are our ad­vo­cates and we need to do ev­ery­thing we can to wel­come them.

“Not only do they do the jobs we don’t want our­selves, but if they form con­nec­tions with the com­mu­nity they will prob­a­bly be back to visit one day and they might tell other peo­ple they know to visit as well.

“We have nearly 50,000 back­pack­ers in the Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett re­gions each year.

“That’s a lot of po­ten­tial tourism.

“Lo­cal pubs should put on wel­come evenings, and other parts of the com­mu­nity should do things to make sure they en­joy their stay.”

Cana­dian back­packer Laura Davis has worked at Monto’s Al­bert Ho­tel for three months and has en­joyed it so much she plans on stay­ing for another two.

“I’m go­ing to be their (the pub’s) long­est-stay­ing back­packer,” Laura said.

“I’ve found the whole com­mu­nity in­cred­i­bly wel­com­ing.

“What has made the ex­pe­ri­ence so good for me is hav­ing a great boss and get­ting to know lo­cals who want to show me the area.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to make a deep con­nec­tion with peo­ple and re­ally get to know them.

“I’ve found that’s re­ally easy to do in Monto, so I’ll be back to visit one day.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

WARM WEL­COME: Swe­den’s Emelie Linden said the Mulgildie Pub was ex­actly what she had hoped for in the coun­try, after watch­ing movies like Crocodile Dundee.

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