World’s best blog­gers ar­rive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

TEN “wordy” con­tes­tants cho­sen from 767 en­trants in the Queens­land Blog­ger Cor­re­spon­dent com­pe­ti­tion touched down in Cairns on Tues­day to spread the word about the Dou­glas re­gion.

Tourism Queens­land in­vited some of the world’s best blog­gers from Canada, The US, Malaysia, Ger­many and Aus­tralia to ex­pe­ri­ence the Great Bar­rier Reef and the Dain­tree Rain­for­est as part of a five-day tour of the state.

The imag­i­na­tive com­pe­ti­tion rolls of the back of the enor­mous success of “The World’s Best Job” cam­paign, which sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions in pro­mot­ing tourism in Aus­tralia via so­cial me­dia.

TPDD ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said some of the blog­gers reach mil­lions of con­sumers.

“They have a mas­sive im­pact on the mar­ket­place, es­pe­cially in places like the US where we hope to rein­vig­o­rate the mar­ket,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant to be in­no­va­tive in today’s evolv­ing mar­ket­ing world and blog­ging is the new way of get­ting in­for­ma­tion.”

The win­ning con­tes­tants will be treated to the “best of the best” ex­pe­ri­ences the area has to of­fer in­clud­ing stay­ing at Thala Beach Lodge, con­duct­ing a work­shop at Silky Oaks Lodge where the trees will act as con­fer­ence room “walls”, din­ing Flames of the For­est, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the reef aboard Sail­away, Po­sei­don and Quick­sil­ver, hav­ing a Dain­tree ad­ven­ture in­clud­ing jun­gle surf­ing and pad­dle trekking, vis­it­ing Jan­bal Art Gallery and go­ing on a cul­tural habi­tat walk with the Walker broth­ers.

The con­tes­tants will be asked to spend a few hours a day blog­ging about their ex­hil­a­rat­ing trop­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences.

UK-based blog­ger of “av­er­age joes blog”, Stu­art Flatt, is ex­cited to touch down in Aus­tralia and work with Tourism Queens­land.

“This is such a great op­por­tu­nity to try the best trop­i­cal Queens­land has to of­fer, and all in less than a week,” he said.

“It’s my first time Down Un­der and I can’t wait to get there and stuck in.”

Suc­ces­full edi­tor, writer and blog­ger of “the va­ca­tion girls”, Kara Williams from Colorado’s Rocky Moun­tains, can’t wait to ful­fil her dream of scuba div­ing on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“This, truly, has been on my ’life list’ ever since I got cer­ti­fied to dive in the late 1990s”, Kara said.

“I also look for­ward to learn­ing more about the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.”

Blog­ging from the as­pect of moth­er­hood, Sydney-based Chantelle Ellem is look­ing for­ward to shar­ing her pho­to­graphs and ex­pe­ri­ences from the trip with her fol­low­ers and large Amer­i­can au­di­ence.

“I plan to blog about this trip from the an­gle of be­ing a mum, and part of a fam­ily”, “fat mum slim” blog­ger Chantelle said.

“I don’t know what I’m in for, but I know it will be beau­ti­ful, I can’t wait to ex­pe­ri­ence the reef.”

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