City calendar filled with major events

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A NUMBER of state wide events and conferences will be hosted in Gladstone this year, indicating the growing popularity of the harbour city.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said the ability of the region to attract such high profile events would create flow on effects for all industries.

'The flow on is tremendous, these people who come to these conferences need to eat, they need to drink and they need to sleep so every one will benefit,' Mr Corones said.

The high profile events will kick off this month with the Group Training and Associate Managers and Directors conference, bringing training experts from all over Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Mr Corones said one of the major events on its way to the region was the Queensland Tourism Conference, which would see the state's top tourism representatives view the region first hand. "A state tourism conference being attracted into an industrial town, how good is that?'' Mr Corones said. "It shows that we really are the benchmark for industrial cities.'

The tourism conference will be staged between Gladstone and Tannum Sands and hence also take in the Calliope Shire. The region's local councils will also be on show later in the year during a Local Government Association of Queensland conference.

Mr Corones said there was also a variety of first class sporting events coming to the city including an international road cycling classic in October this year.

Mr Corones said despite the large numbers expected to attend the events, Gladstone would be able to handle the influx.

'I think Gladstone's accommodation sector is well equipped to deal with a variety of people,' Mr Corones said.

Mr Corones said the conferences and events would continue next year with the state eisteddfod already on the books and others expected.



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