Tourism a fo­cus at break­fast

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Ef­forts to rein­vig­o­rate and pro­mote the Pil­bara re­gion as a tourism hotspot were dis­cussed at last week’s Port Hed­land Cham­ber of Com­merce busi­ness break­fast.

Guest speak­ers Chris Towsey and Nur Ha­lik ex­pressed their will­ing­ness to sup­port the tourism in­dus­try by cre­at­ing in­cen­tives to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to stay in town longer.

Port Hed­land Sea­far­ers Cen­tre oper­a­tions man­ager Chris Towsey said the cen­tres’ prime pur­pose was to pro­vide on­shore com­mu­ni­ca­tion and recre­ation for sea­far­ers.

“Port Hed­land is not just a place to stop and re­fuel on the way to Broome,” he said.

“Peo­ple need to get be­hind Port Hed­land to give peo­ple a rea­son to stay longer than one night.”

Mr Towsey said the cen­tre had been look­ing at in­cen­tives to keep peo­ple in town two nights or more, such as dis­counted tours.

The cen­tre, one of 28 in Aus­tralia, is self-funded through tourism, shop sales, phone card sales, and for­eign ex­change com­mis­sions.

FORM re­gional com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor Nur Ha­lik said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been work­ing with Tourism WA and Aus­tralia’s North West to pro­mote the Pil­bara and build a stronger on­line pres­ence.

She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which runs the Port Hed­land Vis­i­tors Cen­tre, Spinifex Hill Stu­dios, and the Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery, had a vi­sion to fo­cus on cul­tural tourism by high­light­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

The next busi­ness break­fast will be on Septem­ber 27 at the Walk­a­bout Ho­tel.

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