RAJ REPORT

Why has Cairns Regional Council given $1 million to TTNQ when they are not listeing to the community——-‘Listen to us’ – Cairns tourism operators feel abandoned and slam council and State Government | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post———————-“The signage and branding of Cairns is nothing but a disjointed disgrace that requires gallant leadership by our duly elected representatives. “Listening to the collective wishes of the long-term tourism owners, who have built the industry and who spend millions of dollars of their own money marketing the city, need to be respected. “The council and Tourism Events Queensland are not in tune with the Cairns business community, in particular, the tourism industry, and are merely offering lip service to our needs.”

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Tourism Queensland in particular seem to be beholden to the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island by not allowing Cairns to claim ownership of being the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

“The signage and branding of Cairns is nothing but a disjointed disgrace that requires gallant leadership by our duly elected representatives.

“Listening to the collective wishes of the long-term tourism owners, who have built the industry and who spend millions of dollars of their own money marketing the city, need to be respected.

“The council and Tourism Events Queensland are not in tune with the Cairns business community, in particular, the tourism industry, and are merely offering lip service to our needs.”

Peppi Iovannella of Down Under Dive said the 29 had built the tourism industry of Cairns, not Tourism Tropical North Queensland nor the council.

“We have built it the way it is, but they are not listening to us,” he said.

Andrew Steel of Hot Air Balloons said the TTNQ brand had to be dropped.

“Let’s dump it. Cairns  Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef is the brand,” he said.

Mr Woodward said they represented people with experience and longevity who should be respected and their concerns considered.

Tim North of Reef Magic Cruises said councils had come and gone over the decades they had been in business.

“We’re still here and will still be here,” he said.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer Alex de Waal said the appropriate positioning of the destination was an important long-term strategy being given “thorough and judicious consideration by TTNQ”.

 

 

 

‘Listen to us’ – Cairns tourism operators feel abandoned and slam council and State Government | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post.

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