Chris Morris heads list of speak­ers at busi­ness fo­rum

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

TOURISM mag­nate Chris Morris is the guest speaker sched­uled for the 2017 Dou­glas Busi­ness Fo­rum to be held at QT Re­sort on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 21.

Mr Morris made his for­tune when he floated his in­ter­net do­main name busi­ness and has since diver­si­fied into brew­eries and hospi­tal­ity.

He has ex­ten­sive hold­ings in heli­copter op­er­a­tions in Queens­land, in­clud­ing Nau­tilus, and owns the Dain­tree Eco Lodge and Dain­tree Vil­lage Ho­tel, and is cur­rently cre­at­ing a bou­tique tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion prop­erty at Mt Mul­li­gan.

His su­pery­acht Fly­ing Fish is berthed at the Reef Ma­rina.

The 2017 Dou­glas Busi­ness Fo­rum will bring busi­ness lead­ers and lo­cal op­er­a­tors to­gether to pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion and ideas for new and well es­tab­lished lo­cal en­ter­prises.

The in­au­gu­ral fo­rum in Novem­ber 2015 was at­tended by more than 100 lo­cal busi­ness op­er­a­tors.

The fo­rum, which will go from 12pm-5pm, is free to at­tend and in­cludes lunch.

As well as Chris Morris, speak­ers in­clude start-up spe­cial­ist Max Sylvester of En­ergy Mat­ters and Nicky Jurd of Prece­dence who is re­spected as an au­thor­ity on web-based tools and so­cial mar­ket­ing.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the fo­rum was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for op­er­a­tors to learn from each other and iden­tify smarter ways to do busi­ness.

“On the day we will also get to hear from some of our own lo­cal suc­cess­ful busi­ness own­ers to gain in­sights into the chal­lenges they have faced on their path to suc­cess,” Mayor Leu said.

Book­ings for the fo­rum are es­sen­tial. Go to www.dou­glas.qld.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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