Being invited to present at the 2016 Australian Cruise Association (ACA) Conference in Sydney, is an honourable accolade that was bestowed upon the Gladstone Region last week.
The ACA is responsible for marketing destinations and experiences to cruise lines, whilst enticing them to visit Australia. The conference was attended by destinations, ports and tourism operators from all around Australia.
This year GAPDL’s CEO Darryl Branthwaite, and Tourism and Business Development Executive, Karen Sweeney were in attendance and were honoured to present Gladstone as part of the Best Practice Panel.
The Gladstone Region Cruise Group have created a ‘welcome’ to cruise passengers that is now recognised as one of the best in Australia. The economic benefit to the Gladstone Region, being a part of the cruise industry, is enormous and generates immense community pride. Cruising holidays are becoming incredibly popular, resulting in the construction of more cruise ships and larger vessels.
In addition to the honour of presenting at the ACA’s conference, GAPDL has also been invited to attend the Cruise Line International Association’s (CLIA) annual conference in Sydney –
CLIA Cruise 360. This event gives the Gladstone Region an opportunity to present to travel agents, cruise wholesalers and tour operators.
It is great to see Gladstone being recognised as a popular tourist destination, with the rest of Australia and the world discovering what we all have already known – that the Gladstone Region is a beautiful place to live, and visit.