Japanese Student Farmstay Numbers positive for 2012

This year’s student charter groups from Japan will provide a welcome bonus for their local family hosts, says Tropical Tablelands Tourism Chairman, Michael Trout.

“2012 has started well for tourism in the Tablelands region, with excellent forward bookings from Japanese students,” he said.

“Previously, 2008 was the best year we’ve ever had when we began to receive the charter groups out of the Kyushu provence in Japan. Previous to this, the students’ destination was New Zealand, however with the shift towards cheaper flights, the groups switched to Cairns.”

“During that first year around 3,000 students came on several different charter flights, and we can expect to see the region hosting at least 3,000 students over the peak October/November period, with many other groups arriving throughout the year,” he said.

Michael Trout said all the students will stay in different farms while they are in the region. “Not only is it a fantastic way for them to experience Australian culture while they are here, but it’s great for our local Tablelands economy because it’s not the big tourism operators receiving the financial benefits; it’s going into farming families who can all tap into this type of tourism. Each hosting family can have up to four students in their home staying for two days, and they receive around $90 per person per day so over 12 months that amounts to thousands of dollars per family on the Tablelands,” said Michael Trout.

Families wishing to engage with the Japanese students and be considered for hosting should apply now.

“Tropical Tablelands Tourism has been driving this for some time and there are about four farmstay companies involved – I urge any families who would like to host the students to get in touch and send an expression of interest to us,” said Michael Trout.

Forward expressions of interest by email to: office@athertontablelands.com.au

Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 15th Mar 2012

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