Tourism boss is optimistic

CAPRICORN Tourism chief executive Alan Chamberlain says he's confident developers will continue to invest in Central Queensland, even though the global financial crisis has hit the industry hard.

There were just a few projects on the drawing board, he said.

“We have been working very hard over the last few years to improve tourism facilities here, and it's quite obvious that we are going to have to continue down this path to keep up with the growth in the resources sector,” he said yesterday.

“The spin-off benefit of such rapid and widespread growth creates a need for more business accommodation as well as tourism beds and conference facilities, particularly in the coastal towns like Yeppoon.

“What we are seeing is exponential growth in the resources regions west of Rockhampton. We must be up to the task of meeting this growth with high-quality resort and tourism infrastructure.”

He pointed to the proposed $35 million Oshen Yeppoon project, which is designed to fill the void for short-stay and corporate accommodation in Yeppoon, as the type of project that will be needed.



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