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.