Gladstone business leaders attended the DestinationQ event held on August 8th at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre to help grow the state’s $780 million events calendar. It provides a chance for attendees to network, enhance their professional development and build their capacity to deliver exceptional events and apply what they’ve learnt to their organisations.

GAPDL CEO Darryl Branthwaite was thrilled to see around 260 attend this event. He said “having this event right here in Gladstone is a real feather in our cap. Gladstone, being the at the epicentre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef (SGBR), has recently seen incredible growth in the tourism and events sector with the SGBR now having the highest growth in visitation across Queensland and these past 2 years we have seen a 17% growth right here in Gladstone, through excellent collaboration, and strategic marketing with our neighbours and Tourism and Events Queensland(TEQ).

The theme of this year’s conference was “remaining relevant in the ever-changing event landscape”. It provided a unique opportunity for local tourism and event industries to discuss their learnings on delivering successful and sustainable events.

Speakers spoke on a range of topics throughout the day ranging from setting the scene, the importance of succession planning and sponsorship to technology in events and community engagement.

There was great feedback from the day, with local business owners saying they cannot wait to get back to work and start implementing what they had learnt from the speakers and discussions.