Hampers provide a tasty welcome for visiting yachts
BUNDABERG Regional Council and Bundaberg Port Marina have teamed up to offer a warm welcome to international yachts that visit the region.
The organisations have decided to offer visitors, mooring in the region for a minimum of three months - hampers filled with local produce and products.
The hampers were delivered to the Port Marina yesterday as the first boats began to arrive for the new holiday season.
Councillor Greg Barnes said the move was expected to act as a great incentive for tourists and the perfect way to thank them for visiting the region.
"The expected economic value of an international yacht staying for an average of three months is estimated to be around $70, 000," he said.
"Many of the visiting yachts are likely to stay in our region for up to three months or more, so the potential contribution to the local economy runs into the millions of dollars.
"The hampers will also include regional tourism information which could have a positive flow-on effect throughout the region."
Cr Barnes said the initiative also provided a new business opportunity for Impact Make Your Mark in the development of the hampers.
Councillor Danny Rowelson said the Port Marina initially broached the plan with him and he was pleased council was able to adopt it.
"This idea, which has been initiated and driven by the Port Marina, is a positive move for tourism in our region," he said.