Key international Aussie Specialists visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef!

Over the weekend, ten (10) key international travel agents from the UK, France and Italy visited our destination as part of their Southern Great Barrier Reef five day adventure, with a host from both Tourism Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland.  Our three RTO’s (Capricorn, Gladstone, Bundaberg) and our tourism industry operators were very grateful to be one of 30 familiarisation programs across Queensland thanks to TA and TEQ, to give travel agents first-hand knowledge and experience of the state.  Hosted by Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll in their whirlwind visit to Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast section of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the agents were absolutely wowed by the caves, city and country landscapes, magical coastline and village atmosphere, stunning reef and cruising the Keppels, delicious local produce, with some of them also squeezing in a very quick trip to Byfield rainforest. 

Thanks to CQ Connections, Capricorn Caves, Freedom Fast Cats Adventure Cruise, GKI Hideaway, Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant, Waterline Restaurant/Reef Distillers, Lure Living and Oshen Yeppoon.  The agents certainly departed wanting more and of course were briefed on many other experiences, with follow up always key in hosting any agents!  They went on to experience the Town of 1770/Agnes Water and 1770 LARC! Tours in the Gladstone region, followed by a day trip to Lady Elliott Island in the Bundaberg region. 

This important famil followed last week’s G’day Australia event presented by Tourism Australia and hosted in Cairns – attended by more than 300 travel agents who specialise in selling Australia’s world-class tourism offerings to the international market.  Our Southern Great Barrier Reef destination was represented and conducted 112 appointments at G’day Australia which is the third major international travel trade event held in Queensland in the last year.  G’day Australia was secured for Queensland through a strong partnership between the State Government via TEQ, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Tourism Australia.   

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