Minister in Gladstone for peak tourism conference
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Minister for Tourism and Wine Margaret Keech will be in Gladstone today for the peak conference for regional tourism in Queensland.
Ms Keech will also be promoting the growing wine industry in Central Queensland during her visit.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd general manager Danial Rochford (pictured right) said Ms Keech would visit Cedar Galleries in the morning and Gecko Valley in the afternoon.
Waratah Wines from near Monto, which are a cellar door product featured at Cedar Galleries, and the Gecko Valley brands, comprise two of the local vinyards representing the coastal and central Queensland wine growing regions.
Ms Keech will open the state tourism pre-conference and address delegates at Boyne Tannum Community Centre then meet with Regional Tourism Organisation managers at Flinders Restaurant.
Mr Rochford said the GAPDL was expecting 130 delegates from as far away as Perth to attend the conference.
'This conference brings together a wide array of speakers in the area of tourism marketing and promotion and is regarded as the peak tourism conference in Queensland,' Mr Rochford said.
'It has been a major coup getting it to come to Queensland.