Kingfisher supports Oprah plan

THE MULTI-MILLION dollar Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island has thrown its weight behind the Butchulla community’s invitation to American superstar Oprah Winfrey to come visit us in December.

“The biggest star on American daytime television visiting the world’s largest sand island would be a pretty big deal in terms of exposure to American audiences if the Fraser Coast’s invitation is accepted,” Jodi Clark, media manager, Kingfisher Bay Resort Group, said yesterday.

“Particularly as we’re up against some pretty stiff competition from operators and destinations around the country.”

On Friday Butchulla elder Aunty Frances Gala sent letters of invitation to Ms Winfrey through the bosses of Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia.

Mrs Gala offered a traditional welcome to Country, dancing and singing, a tour of Fraser Island and a bush tucker tea or lunch.

TQ CEO Anthony Hayes responded by email on the same day.

“I appreciate the very kind offer. We are working through details with the production team and Tourism Australia right now ... should have a better idea of possible itineraries next week some time.

“We’ll come back to you.”

Ms Clark said the team at Kingfisher Bay Resort was always supportive of initiatives that put the Fraser Coast and Fraser Island on the world stage.

“Last year we worked closely with the team from National Geographic and the resulting Fraser Island story is in the September edition, which is currently in homes all around the globe.”

There were “definitely synergies with the invitation extended and experiences offered by Aunty Frances Gala and her team”.

“The resort has been running a Tastes of Australia program for several years now, where we showcase bush tucker, Australian produce, native meats and Australian wines ... through walks, talks and fun educational sessions.

“If Oprah and her team came to town, we’d certainly be happy to share this and some of Fraser Island’s iconic attractions with her audience of millions.”

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