IN­TER­EST­ING TIMES AHEAD

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Eclipse has come and gone and hav­ing worked on it for three years it was with great re­lief the skies cleared for the thou­sands from around the world that gath­ered at ev­ery van­tage point to view this phe­nom­e­non.

An in­ter­est­ing flow-on was from the Palmer River event, with Cape Tribu­la­tion re­port­ing its busiest time for 10 years. We have been busy with me­dia since then with a group of Ger­man me­dia in the re­gion last week­end ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the reef and rain­for­est with a dis­tinct slant to the en­vi­ron­ment and our own re­gional me­dia famil who will be pre­sent­ing ar­ti­cles to help en­cour­age and drive the mar­ket dur­ing the Christ­masNew Year pe­riod.

At Tourism Aus­tralia’s mar­ket brief­ings last t week we heard there will be sig­nif­i­cant ac­tiv­ity next year for our tra­di­tional west­ern mar­kets. There are al­ready signs the US mar­ket is trav­el­ling again.

Fur­ther good news was the success of Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land in se­cur­ing sub­stan­tial fund­ing in the con­testable RTO grant.

Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree worked with TTNQ and pro­vided some dol­lar-for­dol­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for our re­gion. Fi­nally I would like to con­grat­u­late the great work of the Eclipse Task Force and the sup­port of the pub­lic.

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