Douglas shines for Europeans at Corroboree
MORE than 20 local businesses showcased the region to European travel specialists at Corroboree this week, which was held in Cairns for the first time.
The tourism showcase saw 300 certified Aussie specialists from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK conduct 101 appointments with the 23 operators from Port Douglas and Daintree over three days and take part in exclusive training workshops.
An initiative of Tourism Australia and the state and territory tourism organisations, Corroboree Europe was a chance to capture the attention of the specialist travel agents who sell Australian packages to our largest international market.
The forum was followed up with a number of famil tours for the agents spread across Australia to get a first-hand taste of the experiences available, including the Douglas region this week.
Verandahs Boutique Hotel manager Sue Chapman said it was a very positive experience.
‘‘The region was extremely well represented,’’ she said.
‘‘ I think we made an impact and should see an increase in the numbers of overseas travellers being booked into the region.
‘‘The travel agents from the UK and Europe are posi- tive and keen and now have a better understanding of our region.’’
Two- thirds of the businesses representing Tropical North Queensland at the event were from our own backyard.
Sailaway owner Steve Edmondson said the event was well executed.
‘‘Despite the challenges the region has faced over recent years, there are some great opportunities to wow the world with our region as a destination,’’ he said.
‘‘Meeting with over 300 agents in three days, I think we helped to cement their love of the region.
‘‘ It was fantastic and Tourism Australia invited the right agents.’’