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The Noosa Edition 24 October 2019

Record visitor spend in Noosa

The Noosa region welcomed more than 2 million overnight and day-trip visitors who spent a record $1.1 billion in the year to June 2019, according to the latest data from Tourism Research Australia.

The record spend from interstate visitors, which topped $½ billion for the first time in a year-ending June, highlights the effectiveness of our focus on marketing to these high-value travellers who generally stay longer in the region and spend more on attractions, dining, retail and entertainment.

Both the domestic ($894m: +18%) and international ($103m: + 20%) overnight markets achieved record spend for a year ending June.

Get involved in the Noosa Tri

The 2019 Noosa Triathlon is just around the corner (30 October to 3 November) and there’s still time to get involved in the world’s biggest standard distance triathlon.

Team entries are still available, along with festival events including the GemLife Noosa Breakfast Fun Run, TITAN Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim, Noosa Run Swim Run, Superkidz, Tingirana Special Triathlon and Tour De Noosa Garth Prowd Ride.

There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities available. Contact michelle.smallman@ironman.com if you’re keen on getting involved.

Parkyn Hut wins Best Visitor Centre award

Noosa Visitor Information Centre Manager Jasmine Boyd attended the QICA (Queensland Information Centre Association) conference in Bowen, where Tewantin’s Parkyn Hut won the award for the best visitor centre operated by volunteers.

Parkyn Hut, which is funded by Tewantin Heritage & Historical Society membership funds and Tourism Noosa, welcomes 20,000 visitors each year.

The centre, in a former miner’s cottage moved from the Gympie goldfields, is named after a local pioneering family who were one of Noosa’s first tourism operators. It has been operating for 18 years and is staffed by 50 volunteers, 7 days a week.

Peppers Noosa Gala Dinner – 40% discount for Tourism Noosa members

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas invites you to their third annual Charity Gala Dinner on Saturday 26 October – and there’s a special 40% discount for Tourism Noosa members.

Enjoy a 4-course meal served and created by chef Matt Golinski (inspired by local produce), live entertainment, silent auctions and raffles. Guest speakers are Gary Ablett Jr from Geelong Cats FC; Dr Joe Tucci CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation; and Josh Hanley Senior Indigenous Programs Manager for Accor Hotels.

All proceeds go towards The Accor Community Fund Australia which is committed to Building Healthy Families by supporting the three focus areas of Youth, Health & Wellbeing and Inclusion.

Auction prizes, valued at $40,000 include:

  • Five nights’ accommodation in Hawaii;
  • Noosa Eat & Drink (Noosa Food & Wine) Festival package (includes 4 weekend passes, 2 nights’ accommodation at Peppers Noosa in 2-bedroom apartments and dinner for 4 at View By Matt Golinski on the Saturday Night)
  • Several vouchers to stay at ACCOR properties in Noosa, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Palm Cove, Cairns and more
  • Signed Jersey from Carlton and Geelong Football Clubs.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK and use the code TOURISMNOOSA to receive 40% off the ticket price (enter code in the coupon section).

Training international Aussie specialists

Aussie specialist travel agents from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and NZ now know a whole lot more about Noosa after our International Marketing Manager Vynka Hutton met with them at Tourism Australia’s Corroboree West event in Perth.

Vynka heads off to Europe and the UK next month to join Queensland on Tour’s Europe Roadshow with Tourism & Events Queensland. She’ll also conduct sales calls on selected travel agents.

New organic luxe Noosa beach towels at the VIC

The Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings Street has some great new Noosa merchandise - organic luxe beach towels.

They’re 100% organic cotton, Australian-made and measure a massive 100cm x 180cm.

These gorgeous heavyweight towels are the perfect gift for family and friends or even to add a bit of luxury to your next trip to the beach. Go on, spoil yourself!

Future travel trends

Tourism Noosa Publicist Susan Ewington attended the Australian Society of Travel Writers Convention last weekend with 150 of Australia’s top travel media influencers from print, digital, TV, radio and social channels. The convention featured a series of professional development workshops as well as speakers and panellists reviewing topics relevant to industry trends and changes in the travel media industries.

Earlybird tickets to Wellness Tourism Summit end 31 October

Noosa hosts Australia’s first Wellness Tourism Summit from 19-20 March 2020 – buy your tickets now before the earlybird rate ends on 31 October.

The summit, supported by Tourism Noosa, has been designed for any wellness or tourism operator to grow their business and tap into this booming market. Accommodation providers, spas or retreats, nature-based attractions, destination specialists, travel advisors, wellness practitioners and anyone interested in this segment can hear the latest in global research and consumer trends from experts in wellness retreats, spas, hotels, food, media, marketeers, sustainability, national parks and more.

Gain practical tips to improve your marketing and experience delivery in this space and create business opportunities with other delegates.

The wellness sector is now worth $15 billion or 1 million trips annually in Australia.

REGISTER HERE NOW.

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