Filming rights will help promote region's natural wonders

PROMOTIONAL opportunities for the Fraser Coast have been boosted with Fraser Coast Opportunities securing the right to host and co-ordinate media filming and photography in the region's national parks and protected areas.

Tourism portfolio councillor Stuart Taylor said the breakthrough would allow FCO to take advantage of a range of opportunities with national and international media to promote the region's natural wonders, especially Fraser Island. 

"Under the agreement, FCO can host, facilitate, co-ordinate and support filming and photography activities such as tours and familiarisations by visiting international and domestic media crews," he said.
 
"The focus will be on the area's natural and cultural heritage and the nature-based recreational activities with the material being produced for travel documentaries and travel and lifestyle shows."

FCO acting tourism manager Tas Webber said FCO was only the second regional tourism organisation to be granted a commercial activity agreement by the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.

"Previously the process for granting permission for media crews to film or photograph our national parks areas often took several weeks, with requests having to first be processed by Tourism and Events Queensland before being submitted to National Parks," he said.

"Having this direct agreement allows FCO to be much more responsive to media requests, and ensure we make the most of valuable opportunities to promote the region on both a national and international stage."



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