Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - DOUG RYAN EO

THE fu­ture of the re­gion is look­ing bet­ter and busier than it has for some time.

Book­ings right through un­til the end of Novem­ber are look­ing strong with the wed­ding mar­ket flat out.

I be­lieve there have been as many as 16 wed­dings in the one week­end re­cently.

From the in­dus­try side, In­bound Up North has just been held host­ing 45 agents pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional travel into the re­gion.

Sell TNQ is be­ing held this week­end host­ing 35 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­cen­tive, Meet­ing and Con­fer­ence in­dus­try and Trop­i­cal North Queens­land will be host­ing Tourism Aus­tralia’s Cor­ro­boree UK Europe next year bring­ing in over 150 Aussie spe­cial­ist travel agents, from our ma­jor in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

With the China flights start­ing next week, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see the re­gional dis­per­sal.

Sev­eral of our ma­jor in­dus­try part­ners have been heav­ily in­volved in the mar­ket and hope­fully will reap the re­wards.

Speak­ing with the in­bound China mar­ket op­er­a­tors over the last few days, most did not ex­pect to use Port Dou­glas for some time, how­ever most saw growth pos­si­bil­i­ties in the VFR (vis­it­ing friends and rel­a­tives) and pos­si­ble top end FIT (free in­de­pen­dent trav­eller) mar­kets.

We have been ac­tive in the VFR mar­ket where travel ar­range­ments are made through l ocal travel agents in the pre­dom­i­nately Chi­nese dis­tricts and a fam­ily mem­ber will nor­mally ac­com­pany them.

Our mem­bers are able to ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion on the Chi­nese mar­ket from our own China Ready doc­u­ment on our web­site.

With the eclipse al­most on us there is huge do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional me­dia in­ter­est which will show our great des­ti­na­tion to the world.

We are work­ing closely with the TQ me­dia team to en­sure the Port Dou­glas Dain­tree re­gion max­imises its ex­po­sure.

Many of the me­dia crews will be mov­ing about the re­gion on the days be­fore and the morn­ing of the eclipse, so please as­sist them wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Fi­nally, con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who have re­ceived an award in the TNQ awards, the Eco awards and our lo­cal Port Dou­glas Mag­a­zine awards. Well done ev­ery­one. Cheers,

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