The Noosa Edition 25 September 2019

Open for business

Happy World Tourism Day for today! Our region has been fortunate enough to secure some significant funds from the State Government to put towards specific initiatives and campaigns to assist in the recovery of the Peregian area fires. Our goals are to remind everyone that our beautiful region is resilient and open for business as usual.

Noosa flies high on world stage

Tourism Noosa joined Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Airport on Tourism Australia’s booth at last week’s World Routes 2019 aviation conference in Adelaide, meeting people from global airlines, airports, tourism authorities and industry influencers.

It was a great opportunity to develop relationships and network with airlines, airports and other destination tourism bodies, and discuss potential partnerships in the lead-up to the new longer/international Sunshine Coast Airport runway.

Tourism Noosa member Australia Zoo supported the booth with a koala toy giveaway, and we partnered with Visit Sunshine Coast on offering a prize for 2 people to experience Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.

Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre gets a refresh

Renovations will start at the Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre in early October, refreshing the popular hub for locals and visitors.  

The redesign, managed by local designer Di Henshall Interior Design, will connect the interior to the original architecture by Bark Architects that was inspired by our natural surroundings.

The centre welcomes 200,000 visitors each year and is set to become a true inspiration hub. We’ll be showcasing the wonderful experiences and products that Noosa offers our national and international visitors, and will celebrate our indigenous heritage and Noosa’s green values.

After 10+ years, we are lifting our presentation and product to ensure our Noosa offering exceeds the high expectations of our national and international visitors.

The work is expected to be completed in time for the busy summer holiday period.

Read more about the VIC refresh here.

Pictured above: Design renditions for the new-look Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre.

Come and see the new Noosa merchandise

The Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre now has a wonderful new range of local Noosa products so visitors can take home a little piece of Noosa.

The new range now available at the centre includes Hinterland Feijoa products, Big Heart Bamboo Chutneys, Noosa Black Coffee, Pure Sands Jewellery, and other Noosa branded gifts.

We are also inviting expressions of interests from local producers, designers and artists to get in contact with us, with a view to having their products available in the new-look centre.

Local producers, designers and artists wanting to express their interest in having their products showcased at the centre can contact Centre Manager Jasmin Boyd at jasmin@tourismnoosa.com.au

Future Tourism event – discounted tickets

Discover the opportunities facing the Sunshine Coast tourism sector over the next 15 years at the Future Tourism event presented by the Sunshine Coast Daily.

Hear about the Sunshine Coast Airport upgrade and the prospect of South East Queensland hosting an Olympic Games, with key-note speaker and leading demographer Bernard Salt, plus hear from a panel of tourism leaders.

This lunch for community and business leaders will be held on Tuesday 8 October at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, Novotel Resort.

Tickets include a 2-course lunch with drinks - a discount code for industry and local partners brings the cost down to $98 per person. BOOK NOW and enter the discount code FT0810 at checkout.

Noosa finalists in Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Congratulations to all our Tourism Noosa members and events who have been announced as Finalists in the 2019 Sunshine Coast Business Awards:

Anchor Motel Noosa, Rosecliffe Boutique Farm Cottages, RACV Noosa Resort, Chinese Connections, Laguna Pest Control, The Ginger Factory, Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa Alive, Australian Body Art Festival, Noosa Food & Wine, Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, In Noosa Magazine, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium, and Bones Plumbing & Roofing.

Congratulations also to other Noosa businesses Bare Naked Boards, Tewantin Market Garden and Reed & Co Estate Agents.

The awards will be announced on Saturday 9 November.

See all the finalists here.

Adventure Sports Kitesurf Australia a finalist in Outdoors Queensland Awards

In other award news, Adventure Sports Kitesurf Australia is a finalist in the Outdoors Queensland Awards which recognise excellence in the outdoor recreation community. They’re in the running for the Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement (Organisation).

The award is open to clubs, organisations and enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.

Finalists are chosen for their commitment to supporting and growing the sports within the industry, with a focus on excellence.

The winner will be announced on 25 October in Brisbane. Good luck to Fiona and George!

Create standout content on a shoestring budget

Tourism Australia's Nick Henderson and Novy Wong give practical tips on current social media trends and creating great content on a budget, in the fourth and final video in their social media educational series.

See the video here.