THE whole business community has a role to play when it comes to dealing with visitors to the region, but many people might not realise it.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager Rick Matowski said even being able to tell visitors where to get a great sausage roll could make a difference to the local economy.
“Our main streets are under threat and small business people are doing it tough,” he said. “By you treating visitors into your community in a way that you would normally treat your friends and relatives, you can make a difference.
“Commercial travellers, government officials, sporting groups... all of these people are of value to your community if they leave $10 by buying a coffee or a litre of fuel or getting their script filled down at the chemist.”
Businesses and community leaders are invited to workshops being held across the region next week focussing on how everyone could be a better ambassador for their own town, community and region.
Mr Matowski said the discussions would give people the opportunity to have their say about how to help the community sustain itself.
“Out of these sessions we’ll create a cheat sheet of the five top places to go, to eat, great walks and fishing spots, whatever,” he said.
“The community will be informing us to create it for them.
“And they can use that to enhance people’s enjoyment of their stay and tell other people how Mt Perry and Eidsvold and Monto and all the towns in the North Burnett are wonderful spots, each with its different characters and each iconic experience.”