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New Tourism Australia campaign set to boost international visits to the Sunshine Coast

New Tourism Australia campaign set to boost international visits to the Sunshine Coast
January 28, 2016

Visit Sunshine Coast believes that Tourism Australia’s new campaign focusing on the country’s aquatic and coastal attractions will provide even greater stimulus for the Sunshine Coast’s international marketing efforts.

Launched in New York on Monday, the new $40 million campaign - which is part of Tourism Australia’s global There’s Nothing like Australia campaign - Visit Sunshine Coast Chief Executive Simon Ambrose, said that the region’s beaches and water activities were “natural attractions” for overseas visitors.

Ambrose stated “the new Tourism Australia campaign features water activities such as kayaking, beach driving, sailing and walking along coastal paths - and we offer all of this, plus a lot more, in the one easy-to-reach and navigate destination.

“It is significant that the launch is taking place in New York, because we believe the American market has enormous potential to grow over the next five years.

“The rise in the US dollar, combined with the success of Sunshine Coast tourism icon, Bindi Irwin, in the US version of Dancing with the Stars, has created perfect conditions for growing the market. In the last IVS figures, the American market to the Sunshine Coast recorded 20.9% growth, and we believe that with the support of campaigns like Tourism Australia’s we can increase it further.

“Already international travellers are coming to the Sunshine Coast specifically to take part in activities such as swimming with humpback whales, which Sunreef has been operating out of Mooloolaba for the past two years. In addition, visitors can encounter dolphins up and down the coast, as well as interacting with them at Tin Can Bay.

“We utilise our aquatic and coastal resources to the maximum – from our ‘waterfall way’ circuit in the Hinterland to horseriding and diving along the coast at Rainbow Beach. Our partnership with Fraser Coast in launching Australia’s Nature Coast was aimed specifically at the international market to make it easier for visitors to enjoy one of the most spectacular coastlines in Australia.

“Equally important is the exceptional seafood the region is famed for, whether it be eating fresh Mooloolaba prawns at a beachside restaurant or going on a fishing charter.

“The attraction of the region’s waterways is reflected in the development of a new ‘glamping’ resort on the Maroochy River, the first purpose-built holiday park developed in south-east Queensland for over 40 years. Rivershore Resort will feature luxurious 80sqm tented accommodation, along with a wide range of water activities, aimed at attracting nature-loving travellers who want authenticity and comfort.

“Our 2016 events calendar was recently launched under the tagline The World is Coming to the Sunshine Coast, highlighting the fact that it will include three world events never held before on the Sunshine Coast, with the water and sporting events likely to attract significant international participation.

“With Qantas having reintroduced direct daily services to the Sunshine Coast, joining Virgin, Jetstar and Air New Zealand, we are in a perfect position to welcome the world to the region.”

For more information go to www.tourism.australia.com/AquaticandCoastal

Images: Pumicestone Passage paddle boarders (top) and the Mooloolaba Ocean Swim (below). Images courtesy Visit Sunshine Coast.

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1st October 2015 - TOURISM AUSTRALIA BEGINS FILMING ON $40 MILLION AQUATIC AND COASTAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN

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