Coast promoters defend invoice

FRASER Coast South Burnett Tourism has defended a decision to send out unsolicited tax invoices as part of a recruitment drive saying it was a voluntary offer.

Businesses were sent a letter urging them to help promote the region by filling out membership details and paying the enclosed tax invoice for $45 which “we hope you don’t mind, but for convenience we have included”.

FCSB Tourism marketing and media manager Danielle Andreuzzi defended the move, saying it was “purely a voluntary offer”.

“The directors of the tourism board made an executive decision to implement a new membership level called tourism supporter and we sent out an offer to local businesses in the region to support local tourism and the destinational promotion of the Fraser Coast,” she said.

“It was just an offer that we sent out to them.

“Tourism is obviously one of the biggest industries on the Fraser Coast and it continues to support many other businesses, not just directly tourism businesses, and we just felt that basically we would like people to participate in the destinational promotion of the region.”

Ms Andreuzzi said they had received a lot of positive feedback for the path they were taking to promote the region.



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