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Sunshine Coast launches new tourism era with new brand and direction

Sunshine Coast launches new tourism era with new brand and direction
December 5, 2015

A new era has commenced for Sunshine Coast tourism, with the regional tourism organisation (RTO) officially changing its identity to Visit Sunshine Coast.

While the region has marketed itself through the visitsunshinecoast.com.au website for a number of years, the RTO has operated as Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) since its inception in 2010.

Explaining the renaming, agreed at the SCDL 2015 Annual General Meeting, Visit Sunshine Coast Chair, Grant Hunt stated “bringing together the public and operational identities of the organisation is crucial in this digital age.

“The key objective of the organisation is to be consumer and industry focused, and this straightforward change will help maximise the potential of our marketing and promotional efforts.

“The new identity will build on some outstanding work and results achieved in 2014/15 by the SCDL team. We are anticipating even stronger growth for 2015/16, as a result of increased air services, a vast range of events, a record visiting cruise schedule, a highly targeted marketing and promotions strategy, and powerful business and community support.

“We have the prospect of an upgraded Sunshine Coast Airport, which we are encouraging the whole community to get behind and support. It would be the ideal 50th anniversary ‘present’ for the region, as the airport has contributed significantly during the region’s first 50 years, and expanded capacity can play a major role in growing the Sunshine Coast’s position as one of the country’s most dynamic tourism, business, agricultural and residential regions.

“The many exciting developments taking place in the region, including the establishment of the Kawana medical and tertiary district, and the massive residential projects in south Caloundra, make it imperative for infrastructure projects such as the extension of Sunshine Coast Airport to proceed.”

During the 2014/15 year, the Sunshine Coast attracted increases of 10.6% in international visitors and 2.8% in domestic overnight visitors, with 3.1% growth in tourism expenditure. Tourism now delivers $2.4 billion annually to the Sunshine Coast economy.

Hunt added “the figures from the past year have demonstrated unequivocally that our marketing campaigns have created a very positive and powerful image for the Sunshine Coast, which is producing record results for all areas – from the coastal towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Noosa and Rainbow Beach, through to inland destinations in the Hinterland and Gympie areas.

“It is a measure of the team’s talent and hard work that despite challenging economic conditions, SCDL has been able to make such a profound impact with Australian and overseas travellers. The team has launched a number of innovative marketing strategies to capture the attention of travellers and emphasise the diversity and quality of the Sunshine Coast’s attractions.”

Hunt said that the SCDL team had been able to boost the region’s profile substantially through record levels of coverage in broadcast, print and online media, as well as through its digital campaigns. In 2014/15, the www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au website attracted 26% increase in unique visitors, while its social media

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the change in identity and congratulated the RTO on its consistently positive results.

Mayor Jamieson commented “Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s fastest growing tourism regions, and our reputation as a holiday, business and events destination continues to attract new markets.

“That success is strengthening the Sunshine Coast economy, providing opportunities for new businesses to service these visitors and creates jobs.

“Council supports the RTO’s marketing programs and operation of its Visitor Information Centres through the Tourism and Major Events Levy and the results are speaking for themselves.

“The change in identity will build on that success and I congratulate the Board, CEO Simon Ambrose and his team on their achievements.”

For a full copy of the Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd Annual Report go to www.scdl.com.au

Images: The Glasshouse Mountains and Pumicestone Passage (top) and Visit Sunshine Coast Chair Grant Hint and Chief Executive Simon Ambrose (below).

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