Derek Connolly, from the Great Eastern Motor Inn, shows off Gympie’s new accommodation, tours and attractions brochure.
Derek Connolly, from the Great Eastern Motor Inn, shows off Gympie’s new accommodation, tours and attractions brochure. Renee Pilcher

Discover what Gympie offers

THE launch of a new brochure that will advertise to the rest of Queensland what is available in Gympie will lead to a more sustainable tourism industry for Gympie, Great Eastern Motor Inn owner Derek Connolly said yesterday.

The brochure, which says “Discover the wonder ... Gympie Accommodation, Tours and Attractions”, features the slogan “Gympie...it’s Gold”, a map and helpful information for tourists.

Mr Connolly, who started G10 – an industry group made up of Gympie accommodation and tour businesses, said the brochure, launched last night at the Empire Hotel, was a joint effort of 15 businesses aimed at helping promote accommodation and attractions in the region.

A year-long contract has been signed with Queensland Brochure Displays to place the brochure in more than 40 stands up and down the Queensland Coast, in places like tourism information centres and service stations.

Mr Connolly said the G10 was also about coming up with initiatives to promote Gympie as a tourism destination in its own right and build a solid future for accommodation providers.

“Gympie’s not a tourism destination at the moment but there’s a lot happening in Gympie,” he said.

When Mr Connolly moved to Gympie there was no collaboration between accommodation centres – something he has tried to fix by starting the G10.

Through this new network of businesses everyone benefits, with customers who walk in off the street into his inn being referred to other accommodation providers in town.

“Since July 1 I’ve run at about 88 per cent occupancy across my 32 rooms.”

And you’d be surprised at the amount of his guests who are either working in town or looking to relocate.

Mr Connolly said the new brochure will help fill the void when the highway bypass is built and hopefully boost accommodation rates in the mean time.

You can find more information about accommodation and attractions available in Gympie at www.gympieonline.com.

Gympie Times


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