Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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 ade­laida.brooks@queens­ or visit­ti­na­tion­qand-teq-con­ver­sa­tions-with-in­dus­try-trop­i­cal­north-queens­land-tick­ets-22430193312 to re­serve your place.

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