Region enjoys limelight as visitors flow in
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A 58 per cent increase in the number of people visiting the region's information centres means a greater promotion of the area.
These are the thoughts of Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) chairperson Maxine Brushe.
Mrs Brushe said recent figures from the region's information centres had shown that Gladstone and its surrounds continued to grow as a tourism attraction.
Figures released recently show that compared to last year there had been an extra 949 people through the Gladstone tourist information centre and 164 through the Tannum Sands centre.
'It means not only are there more people coming to the region, but they are probably staying longer as well,' she said.
Mrs Brushe said those visiting tourist information centres in the region also helped to gain extra promotion for surrounding areas.
Mrs Brushe said the opening of the Agnes Water information centre was also good news for the region.
'With a lot of people visiting Agnes they can then read about the rest of the region at the infor-mation centre,' she said.
Mrs Brushe said that with the Banana Shire coming under the GAPDL area, there was further opportunity to promote the region.
According to Mrs Brushe the increase in overall figures visiting the information centres meant newly launched promotional tools including regional brochures and caravan and camping shows were beginning to pay off.
The only information centre not to increase in visitor numbers was Miriam Vale, whose numbers reduced by three.