Fraser residents pro-tourist
FRASER Coast residents are more pro-tourism than other Queenslanders, a survey by Queensland Tourism has found.
Two-thirds of people surveyed on the Fraser Coast felt the area should be trying to attract more tourists, which was higher than the state average of 43 per cent.
Locals also rated many of the positive impacts of tourism higher than average too.
Asked how tourism impacted their personal quality of life, 22 per cent of Coast residents said tourism had a moderate or very positive effect, double the state average of 11 per cent.
When questioned on how tourism affected the community as a whole, 73 per cent of those surveyed returned a moderate or very positive response, much higher than the state average of 50 per cent.
Fraser Coast councillor Anne Nioa said if everybody had a positive attitude towards one of the area’s major industries, “we should get great results”.
She said the council’s Staycation program, which offered locals deals on tourism products, encouraged people to become great ambassadors for tourism.
Queensland Tourism found that one in five Fraser Coast residents said they met tourists when they were out and about and talked to them, substantially more than the Queensland average of 14 per cent.
There was stronger agreement among people surveyed on the Fraser Coast than average Queenslanders that tourism led to more interesting things to do, such as attractions and events, and increased local pride and regional profile.
The key perceived downsides to tourism were increased prices and the negative impact on the local character.
Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said the survey was conducted earlier this year for the first time, to gauge the impact of tourism on individuals and communities.
“Tourism is a critical part of Queensland’s communities and it’s important for us to know how to manage the future impact, while keeping in mind local priorities and community feedback,” he said.
‘It’s important for us to know how to manage the future impact, while keeping in mind local priorities and community feedback’