Whit­sun­days rep­re­sented at Desti­na­tionq

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MORE than ten tourism op­er­a­tors as well as state and lo­cal giovern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment have been on the Gold Coast this week at the tourism fo­rum – Desti­na­tionQ.

Mayor Jenny Whit­ney said that Desti­na­tionQ was a part­ner­ship be­tween govern­ment, in­dus­try lead­ers and op­er­a­tors aimed at regenerating Queens­land’s tou- rism in­dus­try. “Desti­na­tionQ aims to max­imise tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties in Queens­land with a view to dou­bling visi­ta­tion in Queens­land by 2020,” she said.

“While our re­gion suc­cess­fully em­bod­ies the State Govern­ment’s four-pil­lar ap­proach to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, it is vi­tal that we con­tinue to at­tract in­vest­ment, cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­crease visi­ta­tion to the Whit­sun­days,” she said.

“A key com­po­nent of that is the need for easy ac­cess with di­rect flights and the abil­ity to ex­pand the avi­a­tion mar­ket through the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port,”

State mem­ber for Whit­sun­days Ja­son Costi­gan was also at the fo­rum.

Pre­mier Camp­bell New­man was among the speak­ers and called on peo­ple in the tourism in­dus­try to have their say on The Queens­land Plan.

TOUR­SIM TALKS: Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters and Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney, Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan, tourism op­er­a­tor Jeff Aquilina, Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment CEO Da­nial Rochford and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Danielle Krista at the Desti­na­tionQ tourism fo­rum on the Gold Coast.

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