Num­bers soften

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

TOURIST num­bers to the re­gion soft­ened this week how­ever this will only be a short lull be­fore the Aus­tralian school hol­i­days fill the re­gion with sun- seek­ing south­ern vis­i­tors from 20 Septem­ber.

Tara at­tended the New Zealand Tri State work­shop in Melbourne in Au­gust, daz­zling her way through 75 ap­point­ments with New Zealand travel agents, a num­ber of whole­sale rep­re­sen­ta­tives, prod­uct man­agers, me­dia and the New Zealand QET team. The Port Dou­glas Dain­tree re­gion was very well rep­re­sented with 15 of our lo­cal op­er­a­tors at­tend­ing ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or un­der their cor­po­rate ban­ner. The work­shop was pre­ceded by a famil to the re­gion which wel­comed 10 highly qual­i­fied par­tic­i­pants who learnt a great deal about the des­ti­na­tion through tour­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ences.

Feed­back at Tri State from agents in­di­cated Port Dou­glas is the ‘‘hot’’ des­ti­na­tion at present for the New Zealand mar­ket and mak­ing a come­back af­ter the South Pa­cific be­ing a ma­jor com­peti­tor over the past years. The New Zealand mar­ket con­tin­ues to per­form well and there are a num­ber of op­er­a­tors look­ing at the Queens­land on Tour op­por­tu­nity in Fe­bru­ary next year - please con­tact Tara at TPDD if you would like more in­for­ma­tion.

TPDD board mem­ber and lo­cal coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cr Ju­lia Leu was in Weipa last week rep­re­sent­ing Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree at a work­shop con­vened by MP David Kemp­ton. The two-day work­shop in­volved 35 key peo­ple from di­verse in­ter­ests brought to­gether to de­velop a vi­sion­ary blue­print for the fu­ture of the Cook elec­torate.

The TPDD AGM will be held on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 17 and nom­i­na­tions for di­rec­tors were sent out last week.

Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber are go­ing to be busy months in des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing with ATEC’s In­bound up North work­shops, Sell TNQ in Port Dou­glas and TPDD at­tend­ing the TEQ Queens­land on Tour tradeshow in the UK and Nordic.

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