BnBs boost tourism

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

TOURISM in the Hinch­in­brook has been given a “bou­tique boost” with the open­ing of two bed and break­fasts.

Villa Veron and Gowrie Get­away are the re­gion’s new­est tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion providers, of­fer­ing trav­ellers a unique Hinch­in­brook ex­pe­ri­ence.

Me­gan Lawlor said it was a life­long dream come true open­ing Villa Veron, which has a dis­tinc­tive 1920s vintage feel.

“We moved here as a fam­ily 15 years ago with the five kids. Now most of them have moved out we’re able to change the house into a bed and break­fast,” Ms Lawlor said. “There’s no rea­son why we couldn’t make Ing­ham a des­ti­na­tion for bed and break­fasts. We have so much to of­fer in this town.

“There’s so much here that I think we take for granted when your hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion be­comes your home, es­pe­cially if peo­ple have been brought up here.”

Gowrie Get­away owner John Kan­gas said he had a team be­hind his busi­ness mar­ket­ing that was pro­mot­ing the re­gion.

“All I’m try­ing to do is boost Hinch­in­brook’s tourism,” Mr Kan­gas said. “I have al­ways lived here and I thought let’s drag peo­ple to the Aber­gowrie.”

Mr Kan­gas’ busi­ness has en­ticed cus­tomers from all over the world in the six months it has been open..

“I’ve got a travel blog­ger who has just booked from Amer­ica and we’re get­ting a re­ally big in­ter­est in the prop­erty,” he said. “We’re also start­ing to mar­ket to China.”

Mr Kan­gas said Gowrie Get­away not only helped to boost tourism, but also gave lo­cal busi­nesses a push in the right di­rec­tion. “Be­fore peo­ple even come out here, they have to buy their prod­ucts like gro­ceries in town, and we of course tell them to do this be­fore they ar­rive, so their money is also go­ing into the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mr Kan­gas said.

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Mary Brown said any prod­uct that helped en­cour­age tourists to visit the re­gion was a pos­i­tive.

Pic­ture: DOMANII CAMERON

NEW VEN­TURE: Villa Veron's owner Me­gan Lawlor says her bed and break­fast is a dream come true.

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