Day trips, Seafood and industrial tourism on the cards
CASHING in on what we already have on our doorstep is the key to driving up tourist numbers.
In order to achieve that, GAPDL is looking at reef day trips when cruise ships arrive.
"It's not as easy as we thought to get that because the boats who are out there now doing it within the Southern Great Barrier Reef region are all busy,” CEO Darryl Branthwaite said.
"You can't get them out here based on five, six or even 10 cruise days.”
Despite hitting some snags along the way, the idea is still in the pipeline.
"We're really keen and we're talking to people at the moment. There's two or three parties at the moment and probably one will emerge out of that.”
Seafood is another hot topic.
"It would be really nice to be able to say we've got SGBR seafood here,” Mr Branthwaite said.
"You want to go to the Sydney or Melbourne fish markets and see a big red emperor with 'caught yesterday in Gladstone' on it.
"It's happening now, but we want to have fish that gets sought after so people actually want to buy it because it's a superior product and not farmed.”
Mr Branthwaite also mentioned the possibility of industrial tourism, where visitors could tour industrial sites or a smelter.