Craig Warhurst

First evening successful for Destination Gympie

DESTINATION Gympie Region's first networking evening on Tuesday night was a great success, with more than 50 representatives attending from across the tourism industry, including Sunshine Coast Destination Limited Acting CEO Ian McNicol.

Gympie Region Mayor Ron Dyne thanked event venue host Derek Connelly, of the Great Eastern Motor Inn, for his hospitality and welcomed the collaborative approach championed industry operators.

"Our networking evenings are for all those involved in tourism to come together, get to know each other and us, and embrace an all of industry approach," Cr Dyne said.

"It's clear that, in the tourism business, it is all about working together and it's great to see people collaborating to achieve a shared vision for a strong, vibrant region.

"Ultimately, the objective is to stimulate visitation to the region in order to generate direct and indirect economic activity."

Tuesday night's event also provided an opportunity to provide an update on projects under way, including Destination Gympie Region's first strategic plan, website and a new holiday guide.

Also attending the event were council CEO Bernard Smith, Tourism and Mary Valley Portfolio Councillor Julie Walker and Social Wellbeing Portfolio Councillor Rae Gâté.

Council recently approved Terms of Reference for a Gympie Region Tourism Advisory Committee, which will be comprised of five industry representatives and will provide vital stakeholder input and direction to Destination Gympie Region.

Council will be calling for expressions of interest for the advisory committee via local media and the branch's new eNewsletter in the near future.

For more information about Destination Gympie Region and its networking events, and to sign-up for its eNewsletter, phone Gail on 5480 5180 or email gail.mckenzie@gympie.qld.gov.au.

Destination Gympie Region is the tourism and destination services branch of Gympie Regional Council.

For more information visit http://www.gympie.qld.gov.au.

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