Big tourism turnout
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