SEQ mayors meet to boost regional tourism

23 / Nov / 2012 | News

South East Queensland’s regional mayors will meet next Friday in a bid to boost regional tourism in SEQ.

Mayors and councillors from Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba will attend the Council of Mayors (SEQ) regional tourism roundtable with a range of players from the tourism industry to explore ways to support the growth of the regional SEQ tourism sector.

Ipswich City Councillor David Pahlke, who will represent Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, said the roundtable would provide an opportunity for discussion and collaboration in the tourism sphere.

“South East Queensland’s regional mayors know that we have amazing assets in SEQ – stunning mountain ranges, lush hinterland, rich agricultural land and beautiful waterways and rivers,” Cr Pahlke said.

“We recognise how important tourism is to the economic wellbeing of our region.

“This roundtable gives us the opportunity to get together with experts in tourism and challenge the thinking on what we have in SEQ and how best to market it.”

Mark Olsen from EC3 Global will deliver the keynote speech on global trends influencing tourism and Tourism Queensland, Ecotourism Australia, Brisbane Marketing and Southern Queensland Country will also deliver presentations.

Cr Pahlke said that with the State Government identifying tourism as one of the four pillars of Queensland’s economy, now was the time to re-examine the tourism sector.

“Clearly tourism is a top priority for the State Government and SEQ Councils’ knowledge of local experiences and opportunities will be invaluable to new initiatives like the State’s recently released Draft Queensland Drive Strategy.

“We want to come out of this roundtable with clear actions to strengthen current tourism activities and explore new opportunities in a collaborative manner, both with other local governments, regional tourism operators and the State Government, for the benefit of the SEQ region.”

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) Regional Tourism Roundtable will take place at the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery on Tamborine Mountain.