Coast doubts selling Tweed
By ED SOUTHORN
THE Gold Coast Tourism bureau is focused on promoting Gold Coast tourism and its own organisational processes rather than taking on a marketing role for the Tweed tourism industry, according to bureau chairman Dennis Chant.
Mr Chant said that Tweed mayor Warren Polglase had asked him if the Gold Coast bureau would be interested in the idea "in the interests of regional tourism".
"The issue was raised by the Mayor, it's something we can look at," he said.
But Mr Chant said no progress had been made on the proposal after Cr Polglase spoke with him recently at an informal meeting.
"The only thing that came out of it is we didn't say we're not interested," Mr Chant said.
Cr Polglase said last Sunday that the Gold Coast bureau was best placed to take Tweed tourism to a new level and Tweed Shire Council's next budget would probably have to allocate a lot more money to help attract tourists to the Tweed.
The Tweed and Coolangatta Tourism (TACTIC) marketing agency board last week announced it would ask members at its annual general meeting in December not to renew TACTIC's $267,000 contract with Council, due to expire next June.
TACTIC wants a review of tourism funding and promotion, maintaining that Council's funding allocation is insufficient.
Mr Chant, the Gold Coast Airport boss, said Gold Coast Tourism was involved in reorganising its membership structure, with a new board and an interim chief executive.
"We have a lot on our plate," Mr Chant said.
He also said Gold Coast City Council, a major financial contributor to the Gold Coast bureau, would have to be comfortable with any Tweed involvement.
"We would not use Gold Coast City Council funding to promote the Tweed," he said.
And a lot of work would need to be done before sorting out the process of any possible future arrangement with the Tweed.
"It is something we would need to talk a lot more about.
"Our preoccupation at the moment is Gold Coast tourism.
"We are not of a closed mind (about taking on Tweed tourism promotion) but we are not actively pursuing that role."