Tourism conference has benefits all round



SATURDAY night's peak tourism conference showcased Gladstone at its best.

More than 100 delegates poured into Gladstone to sample what the region had to offer and listened to speakers for the regional tourism conference.

The 'Beechworth baker' Tom O'Toole, known for his success as a business man and for putting Beechworth on the map, was one of the keynote speakers.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited's Jackie Parkinson who helped land the conference said Mr O'Toole described Beechworth as previously being a road to nowhere.

Mr O'Toole talked about the marketing strategies that were used to turn Beechworth around.

Ms Parkinson said the regional tourism organisations and the public gained from his experiences.

As well, delegates and Gladstone both gained as the region and its operators were showcased.

Ms Parkinson said Tourism and Wine Minister Margaret Keech was in Gladstone to open the conference and to promote Central Queensland's young wine industry.

'It's an opportunity to strengthen tourism as an industry in the region and throughout the state,' Ms Parkinson said.

'It showcases Gladstone to anyone in the tourism industry and to give them a good sense of Gladstone.



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