Gladstone tourism to reap NRL benefits
GLADSTONE'S peak tourism body is well positioned to capitalise on the upcoming NRL match with plenty of interest already shown by people looking to visit the region for the April 8 game.
GAPDL chief executive officer Darryl Branthwaite said people had started to make bookings prior to tickets going on sale.
"It's also a great opportunity for our accommodation hosts to show exactly what they can do," he said.
"We're blessed with plenty of four and four-and-a-half-star accommodation in the Gladstone Region and I'm sure (tourists) will feel quite spoilt when they get here.
"We've created a page on our website - gladstoneregion.info - which has got all the things to do in Gladstone.
"There has been a lot of interest and a lot of questions and we've created this to make sure all these questions are answered."
Mr Branthwaite is hopeful the Gladstone Region can leverage off the historic event, possibly paving the way for similar sporting events to be held here in the future.
"This opportunity with the Titans having the NRL game here in Gladstone is quite amazing," he said.
"There's an opportunity to showcase what we've got here in Gladstone and the fact we've got so many things here to see and do.
"What we'll get left with once this game is finished is a quality and NRL-standard venue... that gives us room to improve for more games and attract more sporting fixtures to our region."