Destin Q wish list
THE tourism industry has presented a wish list to the State Government for the future growth of the industry at the inaugural Destination Q forum where Douglas representatives fought to address issues affecting the region.
Around 345 people attended the two-day forum in Cairns this week from across Queensland and 11 people represented the Douglas region, including Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree’s executive officer Doug Ryan.
“Some of the outcomes we were pursuing that came about were the opportunity to fast-track tourism investment and opportunities and getting rid of red tape holding up developments like the lagoon pool, Sheraton and a couple of other proposed developments in town,” he said.
“Also improving signage to major destinations - they actually used Port Douglas as an example in that and the Minister for Transport and Main Roads was with us and very supportive of that.”
In a positive, the government is increasing regional tourism organisations fund from $2.1 million to $7 million.
“From the feedback I got, we may be able to contest those funds and get a bid in for some of the funds for specific marketing projects,” Mr Ryan said.
There was discussion on key markets, with a focus on the Chinese market and continuing marketing in the western hemisphere.
“New Zealand was an interesting one regarding open borders and continue focusing on the domestic market as a major critical market,” Mr Ryan said.
“The other big one is for the State Government to lobby the Federal Government to relax and improve IR laws and tax laws to make it easier for industry to operate on weekends and public holidays and not be a burden on every small business.” To access the report visit www.destq.com.au