|ATEC National Board L-R Peter Lloyd (Quadrant Australia), Gary Paterson (AOT Group), Denis Pierce (ATEC Chairman), Jacqui Walshe (Southern Travelnet) Paolo Gambino (Cairns Plaza (Branches representative) ), Yann Durosell (Batmans Hill Hotel), Michael Nelson (Pinnacle Marketing), Peter Shelley (ATEC Managing Director).|
The ATEC National Board held its meeting this week on the Sunshine Coast at Spicers Tamarind Retreat which provided an opportunity for the board to gain a first hand appreciation of the Sunshine Coast as an inbound tourism destination.
As part of the two day strategic planning retreat, the board took the opportunity to meet with several local members, all of whom indicated that the number of inbound visitors continued to grow as the Sunshine Coast region becomes increasingly discovered by international tourists.
“The visit certainly reinforced the strengths of the Sunshine Coast including its range of natural experiences, quality food and accommodation options and local experiences like the markets. Access to the region is also convenient for international travelers with the relatively short drive from Brisbane airport.
“All in all, we had a great couple of days which reinforced the Sunshine Coast’s very positive outlook as an international destination.”
The Sunshine Coast recorded the highest growth figures of any Queensland region in the most recent International Visitor Survey, growing international visitor numbers by 9.4% in the year to September 2014, compared to the year before.