Word of mouth boosts vis­i­tors

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS TOURISM -

THE High­way Wan­der­ers, a chap­ter of the Camper­van Mo­torhome Club of Aus­tralia, cel­e­brated its 23rd birth­day with a rally in Monto.

The group has been com­ing to the area since a num­ber of mem­bers vis­ited as part of BlazeAid to help out dur­ing the 2013 and 2015 floods.

High­way Wan­der­ers pres­i­dent Jo Tre­main said they loved com­ing to the area be­cause they got to know the peo­ple.

“We’ve made such good friends with the farm­ers through BlazeAid and even when we stop at the RV stop, the peo­ple are lovely,” Ms Tre­main said.

“They need our sup­port just as much as we use theirs.”

The group, which was made up of roughly 106 peo­ple in 61 mo­torhomes, kept re­ceipts for ev­ery pur­chase they made in town to give to Monto Magic Tourism at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

In to­tal, the group spent $30,700 in 10 days.

“You all have to have bread, milk, pa­per, ev­ery lit­tle thing when you’re on the road,” Ms Tre­main said.

As tourist sea­son ramps up, hos­pi­tal­ity for trav­ellers pass­ing through is all the more im­por­tant.

Monto Magic Tourism pres­i­dent Liz Robert­son said the Famil Tours had been a big help in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to the area.

“It’s one way of pro­mot­ing events be­cause you tell them and they tell all their mates and hope­fully they come back,” Mrs Robert­son said.

RV stopover care­taker Paul Bow­er­man said the key was to treat peo­ple well, and word of mouth would en­cour­age them to spread the word.

“Peo­ple will come in and say, where’s the best place I can have a meal, or who can I get tyres from, so you’ve just got to be on the ball and help them make a choice,” Mr Bow­er­man said.

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