MEDIA RELEASE – COUNCIL INITIATES REVIEW OF TOURISM SERVICES

Media Release issued 20th September 2012

As Queensland’s second largest export earner, Tourism is one of the main drivers of the State’s economic growth. The State Government’s decision to name Tourism as one of the ’Four Pillars of the Economy’ supporting further growth and aiming to reduce unemployment, is further testimony to this fact.

As Bundaberg continues to evolve as one of Queensland’s preferred tourist destinations, it also provides a broad range of benefits and opportunities for the wider business and residential communities. Bundaberg Regional Council’s Economic Development Portfolio spokesperson, Cr. Greg Barnes applauds the State Government’s commitment to the industry.  “Tourism is an ever-changing and dynamic industry which is driven by a myriad of international and domestic factors which affect our market”, he said.  “Council recognises that our region needs to keep at the forefront of shifting trends and market demands”.

As a result, Council recently commissioned The Stafford Group to conduct a detailed review of the efficiencies and methodology associated with the manner in which tourism services are provided to local operators and their customers.

Extensive consultation with industry stakeholders will be pivotal to the success of the Review which was recently launched with an open forum of BNBT members who provided valuable input and comment.

Chairperson of BNBT, Loni Hammond said that her organisation welcomed the Review. “It’s great to see this initiative of the Council which is strongly supported by Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism. With a fresh and united approach coupled with the ongoing support of Tourism Queensland, we can look outside the square and kick some goals for our members and the industry. It’s important that all operators and stakeholders provide input to ensure that we achieve the most effective outcomes.”

Members of the local community and in particular those involved in the tourism industry are encouraged to have their input into the Bundaberg Region Tourism Services Review by contacting the consultant direct via email at albert@thestaffordgroup.com.au or Council’s Tourism Coordinator at selina.ferrais@bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

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