New body will double area's tourism resources: tourism chair
THE Fraser Coast's new collective marketing body, Fraser Coast Opportunities will double tourism resources for the region, Tourism Fraser Coast chairman David Hay says.
He said the preferred organisational structure for Fraser Coast Opportunities had been endorsed by the interim board and recruiting was expected to start shortly for a variety of positions.
"One thing that is clear is that the structure of FCO clearly demonstrates a very strong emphasis on tourism,'' Mr Hay said.
"Speaking from a tourism perspective, the new structure presents a positive step forward for the region resulting in a doubling of resources for the sector.
"Tourism Fraser Coast currently operates with four full-time staff compared to 21 full-time equivalent staff under the new FCO entity.''
Aall campaigns and industry development activity such as internationally ready programs, domestic ready, social media and other development workshops would continue as normal, he said.
Mr Hay said should the vote to merge by members of Tourism Fraser Coast be successful, Tourism Fraser Coast and FCO would officially be one organisation as of September 1.
Tourism Fraser Coast members can meet new FCO general manager David Spear and learn more about the organisation at an information session on July 29 at 10am at the Hervey Bay Boat Club.
RSVP to Stephanie Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 25.
Mr Hay said Fraser Coast Opportunities was a collaborative partnership between Tourism Fraser Coast, the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Fraser Coast).
It will consist of four departments - tourism, regional events, marketing and communication and investment attraction.