In­sight­ful trip to China

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

TRAV­EL­LING to China for a Tourism Queens­land pro­gram has proved in­sight­ful for Freestyle Re­sort res­i­dent man­ager Ja­son Moore.

Join­ing a del­e­ga­tion of 40 tourism op­er­a­tors from Queens­land and 40 from New South Wales for China Mis­sion 2013, Mr Moore ex­pe­ri­enced the coun­try while meet­ing se­nior fig­ures from the travel in­dus­try.

‘‘It ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions and was a big eye-opener to see such a mas­sive pop­u­la­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘ The first city we went to, Chengdu in the Chongqing province for a three-day work­shop, is a city with a pop­u­la­tion greater than Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s such a big coun­try that has changed so rapidly that even my home­work seemed a lit­tle out of date, ev­ery­body has a mo­bile phone are all hooked onto so­cial me­dia, the young peo­ple are switched on, well-ed­u­cated and af­flu­ent.

‘‘If you walk along the streets of Bei­jing or even Chengdu, you see more wealth on each cor­ner than you do in Syd­ney or Mel­bourne.’’

Although Mr Moore did a day trip to China once over 25 years ago, this was his first real ex­pe­ri­ence of the coun­try, cul­ture and peo­ple and he will def­i­nitely be re­turn­ing.

‘‘ I can see a great busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for Port Dou­glas ac­com­mo­da­tion places and all of the other tourism in­dus­tries as a re­sult of this trip,’’ he said.

‘‘The se­nior agents say the China con­sumer is call­ing out to travel to places just like Port Dou­glas/Dain­tree, for the ex­pe­ri­ence of na­ture, clean air, good ser­vice and friendly in­de­pen­dent travel.

‘‘It’s all the things we have to of­fer in our re­gion dis­tinct from Cairns, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, we tick all the boxes for what they’re look­ing for.

‘‘I’m to­tally grat­i­fied I ac­tu­ally took the step to go over and find out for my­self.’’

While in China, Mr Moore had a cou­ple of free days where he want to the panda re­search sta­tion and saw them in the zoo en­vi­ron­ment and walked along the Great Wall of China.

‘‘I didn’t re­alise how pow­er­ful an op­por­tu­nity it was and I’m go­ing to cap­i­talise on that and bring lots of Chi­nese guests to Port Dou­glas,’’ he said. ‘‘We are go­ing to have to be a lot more ‘China Ready’.

CUL­TURAL CON­NEC­TIONS: Freestyle Re­sort man­ager Ja­son Moore on the Great Wall of China

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