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Time to sell Capricorn Coast

Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier Reef gives New Zealand travel agents something different in the state to sell, with opportunities now to convert the interest that was steadily rising pre-Covid, says Mary Carroll, chief executive officer of Capricorn Coast.

‘We regularly visited trade and consumer shows in recent years and we were really starting to see great interest. Now is the time to convert that to real life bookings through the trade.’

Carroll says a key message for the market is that they can fly into Brisbane and then take a one-hour domestic flight to Rockhampton.

‘Even though regional Queensland is busy we don’t have the crowds of some other places – it’s still possible for clients to find a beach, a lookout or a place in the rainforest to themselves. Central Queensland has been Covid-free throughout.’

Carroll, who lives in Yeppoon, was to take part in the Destination Queensland Roadshow this month, before the suspension fo the trans Tasman travel bubble.

‘We’re here to help the trade with planning an itinerary to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. We have excellent trade tools, including training videos and a trade manual. Our commissionable product ranges from apartments to caravan parks, outback farm stays, island retreats and rainforest and reef experiences.’