ACA Con­fer­ence kicks off

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

OUR 21st an­nual con­fer­ence kicked off last night on the Sun­shine Coast with fes­tiv­i­ties at host ho­tel, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach.

Leanne Cod­ding­ton, ceo of Tourism & Events Qld, set the tone for the next two days as she talked about the ex­cit­ing growth of the cruise in­dus­try in Qld. Sun­shine Coast Deputy Mayor, Tim Dwyer, echoed this en­thu­si­asm as he talked about the re­gion as one of the emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions for cruis­ing on the east­ern se­aboard.

Their in­spi­ra­tional words set the tone for the next two days of con­fer­ence which is aptly themed “To­gether To­wards Tomorrow” as our speak­ers ex­plore where the in­dus­try is po­si­tioned now and what we are do­ing to plan for the fu­ture.

Visit Sun­shine Coast spon­sored our wel­come event which was catered by Peter Wolfe from Cedar Creek Farm Bush Foods. Peter treated guests to a range of won­der­ful canapes us­ing lo­cal na­tive in­gre­di­ents and talked about his pas­sion for the lo­cal area which he now calls home.

The Gala Din­ner will con­tinue to show­case the won­der­ful re­gional of­fer­ings when we all en­joy din­ner at the Spirit House, spon­sored by Aber­crom­bie&Kent.

The re­gional theme will con­tinue at our clos­ing break­fast on Fri morn­ing when we wel­come Anna Mars­den, md of the Great Bar­rier Reef Re­search Foun­da­tion who will help us un­der­stand how we as an in­dus­try can help to sup­port the Reef’s long-term fu­ture.

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