Trav­ellers hun­gry for more so­cial me­dia food pho­tos

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FACE­BOOK users are eat­ing up food pho­tos. But while some of us get sick of see­ing what our friends eat for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, it seems prospec­tive tourists can’t get enough of the mouth-wa­ter­ing snaps shared on so­cial me­dia net­works. “Food, be­sides ac­com­mo­da­tion, is the thing that most in­flu­ences peo­ple when they make a book­ing,” Depart­ment of Tourism ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Re­becca An­drews said. “We re­cently an­a­lysed how peo­ple are talk­ing about Queens­land on TripAd­vi­sor and Face­book and they are talk­ing about our food.” World­wide food tourism is the fastest-grow­ing tourist in­dus­try, due to the im­me­di­ate emo­tive re­sponses it trig­gers. Fish and chips on the beach, farm-gate tours and meals made with lo­cal pro­duce are what tourists are han­ker­ing for. “A third of the money a tourist spends is on food,” Gympie Tourism de­vel­op­ment man­ager An­drew Saun­ders said

“Pro­mot­ing our food through so­cial me­dia is a great way to make the most of that.”

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