Big tourism turnout

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

OVER 60 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from busi­nesses in the area gath­ered at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall on Tues­day night to dis­cuss strate­gies to pro­mote the re­gion.

The Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree teamed up to host the Tourism Busi­ness Fo­rum in hopes to ed­u­cate busi­ness own­ers and tour op­er­a­tors about the role TPDD plays with bring peo­ple to the re­gion.

Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce re­tail spokesman Doug Calvert was pleased to see the large num­ber of at­ten­dees how­ever was dis­ap­pointed that they ran out of time to have group dis­cus­sions.

“We ran out of time to­wards the end of the meet­ing so we didn’t have a lot of time to have a de­bate or an­swer as many ques­tions as we would have liked to,” he said.

Some of the feed­back Doug Calvert re­ceived af­ter the meet­ing was the fear of over­com­ing the low tourism pe­riod.

“Ac­cord­ing to our re­search al­most 50 per cent of our mar­ket­ing is through word of mouth. So I have made sug­ges­tions to these peo­ple to spread news about the re­gion via so­cial net­work­ing sites and tech­nolo­gies such as mo­bile phones.”

At­ten­dees were asked to write their ques­tions on cards to be col­lected and an­swered over the com­ing days.

Tourism op­er­a­tor and busi­ness owner Jenny White thought the meet­ing was very in­for­ma­tive how­ever would have like to see more sup­port from the Cham­ber of Com­merce in re­gards to in­fra­struc­ture in Port Dou­glas.

“I think it is re­ally im­por­tant for the Cham­ber to be con­tin­u­ously lob­by­ing for town projects such as the la­goon or the water­front project,” she said.

TPDD Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Doug Ryan pre­sented a gen­eral over­view and in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion panel on tourism in­dus­try struc­ture and sup­ply chains.

“I think a lot of them had high ex­pec­ta­tions and I feel that they didn’t ask us a lot of ques­tions due to time con­straints,” he said.

Send­ing the mes­sage: TPDD ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan at Tues­day’s meet­ing

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