Member for Barron River, Michael Trout, will remain at the helm of Tropical Tablelands Tourism, stating that he believed the current board of directors were achieving significant goals in progressing the aims of the regional tourism organisation, and that he wanted to offer his services going forward in the role of chairman of the board of directors.
“Tropical Tablelands Tourism currently has its highest membership levels ever, we have built an excellent relationship with Tablelands Regional Council and the councillors and they have shown their trust in our vision for the tourism strategy for the region. We want to see the Tablelands will grow to rival significant tourism destinations such as the Hunter Valley or the Margaret River, and we are looking forward to working with Mayor Lee Long and her team with much optimism,” said Michael Trout.
The new MP urged businesses on the Tablelands to support tourism and realise the multiple layering of the economic benefits it brings to the region. “The landscape gardener at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat and the businesses who he buys his supplies and his ride-on mower from – they are all in the tourism chain,” said Michael Trout.
At the April board meeting, Ms Patrice Fletcher, co-owner of Atherton’s BIG4 Tourist Park was appointed to the vacant position as Central Tablelands board director. “Patrice will play a significant role on the board, in particular providing linkage to members and facilitating them to engage with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, which is the most significant national directory for a tourism business. She will play a role in educating new members and in lobbying for holiday parks and ‘movanners’ (the new term for mobile RV travellers),” said Michael Trout.
Other new initiatives currently being developed by TTT in conjunction with the Tablelands Regional Council include research into visitor statistics to quantify spend and visitor dispersion, and a taskforce to develop a world class interconnecting tourism trails project. “A taskforce has just been convened to explore opportunities to develop an iconic all-of-region trails network which will encourage non-motorised access to the terrain and landscapes across our diverse region. Trails are a global move in tourism, allowing horse riders, cyclists, bush walkers etc to explore, stay in overnight accommodation, and engage with the communities they traverse. This would sit very well across our region, and the taskforce is exploring funding to develop this cohesively with Tablelands Regional Council and all the region’s tourism related stakeholders,” said Michael Trout.
Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 4th May 2012