Small businesses should open on public holidays: GAPDL

GLADSTONE'S peak tourism body has called on small businesses to open their doors on public holidays.

GAPDL chief executive Glenn Churchill said more people would come to the region if more places were open.

"We have choice, but we need more," Mr Churchill said.

"It's the age-old story, if they have the stores and services available then people will come."

Major retailer Woolworths and a string of small retailers around Gladstone were closed for the Labour Day holiday.

Confused residents took to Facebook page Gladstone Open Discussion to find out what shops were open.

Do you wish there were more places open in Gladstone on public holidays?

This poll ended on 31 October 2013.

Current Results

Yes, definitely I would shop more.

34%

Maybe, it depends on what kind of store.

18%

No, stores are closed on public holidays for a reason.

46%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Even families looking to shop up a storm in Rockhampton were turned away, with the major shopping centre Stockland closed.

We are looking to develop the Gladstone region so we can compete in international markets.

It comes as Queensland's tourism heavyweights prepare to host the Have Your Say forum at Seventeen Seventy on Tuesday.

GAPDL and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council host the forums to educate small and medium tourism providers about their role in attracting people to the region.

Fifteen tourism operators from Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy will have their say on Tuesday.

"We are trying to understand the world of tourism and justify the tourism opportunities for small and medium businesses," Mr Churchill said.

"We are looking to develop the Gladstone region so we can compete in international markets."

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said there was still a lot to do in Gladstone on a public holiday.

"I don't think a lot of people went away, there were a lot of families at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens enjoying their weekend," Cr Sellers said.

"We have [tourism] pretty well covered in the Gladstone region, with Heron Island and Agnes Water only a stone's throw away."

Last month Baffle Creek was earmarked for a new water park development.