Tourism Summit looks to future
WITH more than $1 million being spent by visitors to the Bundaberg North Burnett Region each day, more than 100 people turned out to voice their views on the future of tourism in our region.
Energy was high at the inaugural Tourism Summit in Bundaberg today as delegates ranging from businesses and community groups to tourism providers and councillors joined together to brainstorm tourism tactics.
Between five and 10 key points will be taken from the summit suggestions.
Attendee and retired civil engineer Brian Reynolds said people had come up with lots of great ideas.
Bundaberg Regional Council division three representative Wayne Honor agreed and said he'd heard "great fresh ideas" and believed they would enable excellent growth potential for the region.
"I'd like to see a whole new marketing approach to tourism - not just for Bundaberg but for our cousins in the North Burnett, we need to market the region," he said.
He said people would not turn off the highway unless they knew what Bundaberg had to offer.
Division 5 councillor Greg Barnes supported that view.
"One thing is for sure, we need to get more products here to draw people off the highway," he said.
He said the community was "screaming" for more events as a way to do this.
"A number of things came up -but at the end of the day, people went for the generic idea that we need more events - they voted for that strongly," he said.
He said their screams were echoed by what he was regularly hearing from his division.
Cr Barnes hoped that two outcomes would eventuate from the day's event.
"The funding agencies, be it the council or State Government, need to recognise the call for major events," he said.
He said the council did not currently conduct any events on the coast.
Cr Barnes said there had also been wide consensus around a need for access out to Lady Musgrave Island form Bundaberg again.
"That came through very strongly," he said.
"So secondly, a push to draw the international market back to the Great Barrier Reef - I know how valuable that attraction is to the economy."