Easter brought a welcome influx of holiday makers to the region and school holiday bookings continue to bring greater numbers than we would usually see this time of year. Last week we received the latest visitor figures for the year ending December 2015 where visitor numbers cracked 2.3 million room nights in 2015, a 26 per cent increase on the previous year. With the first three months of the year up significantly on last year I believe 2016 will be a record breaker for the Douglas Shire. Last week I joined 23 TNQ operators on the TTNQ roadshow visiting Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for retail agent training. This year’s show was a great success with excellent attendance, engaged agents and genuine enthusiasm for selling our destination. We are currently working on the design of our consumer publication Discover Paradise which will be distributed in Australia on Saturday, April 30. We are also working on the New Zealand edition which will see 50,000 copies hit one of our key international markets. I am joining operators from around QLD next month in New Zealand for the annual Queensland on Tour trade show. We have a campaign live with TripAdvisor which is driving interest in the region for our shoulder period. The campaign has significantly increased website visitation and our page views for the first week were up more than 100 per cent. Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB), Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Queensland Tourism Industry Council, invite you to a DestinationQ and TEQ Conversations with Industry Workshop in Cairns on Tuesday 12 April. This workshop provides a great opportunity to connect with representatives from TEQ, DETSB, QTIC and TTNQ to gain industry insights and discuss the key business areas of marketing, research, digital, experience development, events and international markets. Venue: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino When: Tuesday 12 April Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm Cost: Free For more information contact Adelaida Brooks on email@example.com or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/destinationqand-teq-conversations-with-industry-tropicalnorth-queensland-tickets-22430193312 to reserve your place.