Boost­ing tourism

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Tessa Map­stone Tessa.Map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

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.”

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