Destin Q wish list

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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