30,000 tourist maps launched from banks of Yabba Creek
KAYAKS were not the only things launched from the banks of Yabba Creek this week, with the second edition of the Mary Valley Country Tourism Map floated into the community.
A total of 30,000 of the maps which promote more than 50 businesses will be delivered around the Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions this week.
Tourism and business leaders from Gympie and the Sunshine Coast gathered to celebrate the launch, while kayakers took advantage of the new river entry to have some fun in the sun.
Mary Valley Inc chair Julie Worth said it was important to target domestic visitors, with 85 per cent of visitors coming from within 350km.
Mrs Worth said "MVI research clarifies the capacity for tourism growth and statistics show that at any one time the Mary Valley can host up to 5000 people across all types of accommodation from Camping, B&Bs to group accommodation venues."
The next venture for MVI is the production of a Tourism and Celebrations Guide for the Mary Valley this year.
A photographic competition to attract the best photographers and world class imagery to promote the beautiful Mary Valley was also announced.