New faces at TPDD

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 40 peo­ple at­tended Tourism Port Dou­glas and Daintree’s (TPDD) an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day.

TPDD ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said it was fan­tas­tic to see so many new and fa­mil­iar faces as the Port Dou­glas and Daintree re­gion wrapped up a re­ally pos­i­tive 2012-13 year.

"As the con­fi­dence in the mar­ket strength­ens, we have had, not only some very suc­cess­ful mar­ket­ing cam­paigns but op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port ex­cel­lent me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties work­ing closely with Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) and Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land (TTNQ)

"Some of the high­lights in­cluded work­ing with TTNQ to help bol­ster the con­testable fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions which en­abled TPDD to dis­trib­ute Dis­cover Par­adise to a wider do­mes­tic mar­ket and into NZ.

"We also con­tin­ued to de­velop our online space with cam­paigns with Wo­tif and Quickbeds along with con­tin­ued work to in­crease web­site traf­fic that has pro­duced some great re­sults, in­clud­ing a 70% in­crease in unique visi­tors for the year."

Mr Ryan said TPDD’s dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing ac­tiv­i­ties also con­tin­ued to ex­pand with a con­sumer e-mar­ket­ing data­base reach­ing over 34,000 peo­ple in­ter­ested in the re­gion, while the cruise and wed­ding mar­kets con­tin­ued to grow.

"The cruise mar­ket is one of the fastest grow­ing mar­kets in Aus­tralia and it con­tin­ues to pro­vide a good eco­nomic fac­tor into the re­gion with Cruise Down Un­der re­port­ing $4.8m in di­rect ex­pen­di­ture into the Port Dou­glas cruise desti­na­tion. The wed­ding mar­ket also con­tin­ues to out­per­form each suc­ces­sive year with over 600 wed­dings in 2012-13."

Mr Ryan said the per­for­mance of the re­gion has been a big im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous few years with in­di­ca­tors show­ing that the 2013-14 year will be even bet­ter.

The AGM also saw Gor­don Well­ham re­tire as the Port Dou­glas zone di­rec­tor and chair­man. Rhys Bawden of the Salsa Bar and Grill, has now taken on the role of the Port Dou­glas zone di­rec­tor.

Sheena Wal­shaw was also re-elected to her po­si­tion as the Cape Tribu­la­tion Zone di­rec­tor. This will be her third term in this po­si­tion, while Natalie John­son also re­turns as a gen­eral di­rec­tor for her sec­ond term.

Sub­se­quent to the AGM, not only was Tony Baker CEO of Quick­sil­ver ap­pointed as a di­rec­tor, but also as chair­man. In ad­di­tion Sheena Wal­shaw was ap­pointed deputy chair and Tara Ben­nett as com­pany sec­re­tary. They join di­rec­tors Greg Er­win, Cr Ju­lia Leu, and Brian Hen­nessy. The board is con­sid­er­ing other ap­pointed di­rec­tors po­si­tions to en­sure there is bal­ance of in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tion and th­ese should be an­nounced by the end of Oc­to­ber.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the new board in the fu­ture and wel­come the ap­point­ment of Tony Baker as chair,’’ Mr Ryan said.

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