Larry Burch, owner of Aquavue, has been elected to the board of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism.
Larry Burch, owner of Aquavue, has been elected to the board of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism.

Tourism goes ahead with confidence

WELL-known Fraser Coast businessman Larry Burch was elected to the board of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism at the annual general meeting yesterday.

FCSB Tourism general manager Damien Massingham said Clay Clayton, whose business interests include the Criterion and the Post Office Hotels in Maryborough and the Bayswater Hotel in Urangan was re-elected to the voluntary position along with Bruce Hurley, owner of The Left Bank bed and breakfast in Kilkivan.

“They're all hard-working private operators who now will further commit to the industry by helping with the strategic direction of the local tourism industry,” he said.

Mr Burch is operator of Aquavue Cafe and Watersports in Torquay and Vue restaurant at WetSide in Pialba.

Mr Massingham said while the past financial year was challenging for the tourism industry, membership had grown and was currently near 460 members.

Chairperson and councillor Anne Nioa said it was a sign of the resilience and fortitude of local operators.

She said during the year, the tourism board's work had included a whale watching promotional campaign and establishing the Adventure Fraser Coast initiative in a bid to keep visitors in the region for longer.

“Although this year has been economically challenging for the industry, the Tourism Board has conducted more activity than ever before,” she told the meeting.

“Although times continue to be demanding, I and all at Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism will be doing all we can for you, our members, and the wider tourism industry.”

Ms Nioa was elected chairperson by the directors in December last year and next month another election will be held for the chairperson position, along with all other executive positions.



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