Champion chat over breakfast

STRATEGIES to move Bundaberg and North Burnett tourism forward was the topic of conversation at an enthusiastic breakfast forum yesterday.

The free event, hosted by Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) at the Bundaberg YMCA, saw about 30 attendees give their two cents about the future direction of the organisation.

“We got some good feedback - some of it was positive, some negative,” Bundaberg Regional Councillor and chairman Greg Barnes said.

“Many identified instigated remedial action.”

Mr Barnes was confident BNBT were overall on the right track, as foundations had already been laid for areas identified to improve.

BNBT general manager James Corvan said attendees got involved in the process of formulating a plan for the successful future of the organisation.

“Times are changing quite dramatically for us,” he said, referring to the airport extension and the “great opportunities” that increased flights would offer to tourism in the region.

“We wanted to know, how can we do better?

“We talked about a number of things to work on, such as improving communication and interaction with members.”

Mr Corvan said the forum was beneficial because it was vital for their membership-based organisation to get the perspectives of everyone involved - customers, members and stakeholders.

He said the biggest discussion revolved around leadership and the need for the tourism industry and Bundaberg in general to unite under a common brand, with a common purpose, because “it's so competitive today”.

“We've got to be champions for each other,” he said.

“And not just for the tourism industry - we want to open it up to everyone - tourism is for everyone.”

Future BNBT plans also involve enjoyable training sessions and the return of networking functions.



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