Chamber of commerce predicts outlook for new financial year
WITH the new financial year starting, Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Sandra Holebrook has highlighted some of her predictions and hopes for the 12 months ahead.
A STEADY LOCAL ECONOMY
"IT'S HARD to project what this place is doing at the best of times.
"At the moment things are quite steady and slipping down towards slow with the elections, and end of the financial year.
"I think that from a 12-month perspective, there is every indication that we should have a pretty steady year. I don't think it will spike up really high because there are no major projects on the go.
"Being steady is ideal; we're always going up and down but we need it to be steady by offering a constant flow of attractions for tourists."
"There is more opportunity for tourists to come in now that the Australian dollar is where it's at, of course there are always slight ups and downs to keep in mind.
"Businesses are getting geared up for tourists now, with the whale season started it's all about making most out of the whales.
"With keen Chinese and European markets and the Australian dollar where it is, there is a lot of opportunity to utilise those factors."
FOCUS ON SPORTS TOURISM
"We've got the touch carnival happening this week which is good for spending.
"The touch people say it is worth about $8 million to us (the Fraser Coast), we get money from accommodation and families eating out, they go to the supermarket and go do extra activities.
"Not every child in the family is there participating in the carnival, so they're looking for things to do during the day.
"And after that, with the Bay looking great and the weather nice, there's the potential for return business once they (members of the visiting families) are exposed to what the Bay has to offer for a holiday."
PUSH FOR HEALTH TOURISM
"It's about growth in the health industry. It is already growing, with the new construction of an aged care facility in Main St and another being built in Medical Place. Once those places open there's more opportunity for jobs and medical tourism. This next year will be about taking the things we do really well and looking at how we can improve over 12 months."