Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

I spent last week on the Gold Coast at the in­au­gu­ral Western Cor­ro­boree trade event where I trained 300 travel agents from our key western markets over 110 ap­point­ments. The agents I met who are cur­rently selling Aus­tralian travel are big sup­port­ers of the Dou­glas re­gion re­port­ing they put on av­er­age more than 80% of Queens­land book­ings into Dou­glas. Each mar­ket has sub­tle dif­fer­ences in what it is they come to our re­gion for. While the Great Bar­rier Reef is our num­ber one draw card, it is the beaches for some while the rain­for­est is a high­light for oth­ers. Our vil­lage life­style, self drive itin­er­ar­ies and cli­mate were also key fac­tors. The Trop­i­cal Jour­neys Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon and Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val are tak­ing place this month and both events are the big­gest to date. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing lo­cals, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors to our re­gion. TPDD held the An­nual General Meet­ing on Tuesday night. Thank you to our mem­bers who joined us at the meet­ing and to QT Port Dou­glas for host­ing the event. The Board po­si­tions of Chair and Vice Chair will be an­nounced next week. Aus­tralia our slice of Par­adise will be bustling over the week­end. There is a FREE 2.3km kids event kick­ing off at 8.30am for any­one who would like to get in­volved. With any event of this size, changes and clo­sures to road con­di­tions will oc­cur, please visit http:// www.great­bar­ri­er­reef­marathon.com.au/ wel­come/road-clo­sure-in­for­ma­tion/ to make sure you are aware of all changes and clo­sures. NOTE: Port Dou­glas Road, David­son Street and Cap­tain Cook High­way are NOT af­fected by th­ese changes to traf­fic con­di­tions. TPDD strongly en­cour­ages everyone to come and join us and cheer on th­ese amaz­ing ath­letes! TPDD along with a num­ber of Dou­glas based op­er­a­tors will be rep­re­sent­ing the Dou­glas Re­gion at the Aus­tralian Tourism Ex­port Coun­cil’s an­nual In­bound Up North trade event which has a twist this year and will com­mence in Cairns and fin­ish in the Whit­sun­days. The train­ing pre­sen­ta­tions will take place on­board the Spirit of Queens­land. This event is now in its 18th year and de­liv­ers an in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional, fun­filled few days of back to back work­shops with dis­trib­u­tors from around Aus­tralia. This event will bring over 50 key in­bound tour op­er­a­tors to Trop­i­cal North Queens­land.

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