Dou­glas shines for Eu­ro­peans at Cor­ro­boree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

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