Circular Head to host tourism forum

Tourism. Tall Timbers owner John Dabner will rub shoulders with Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin this week when he joins a tourism panel to discuss the future of the Cradle Coast.

Among other things, the panel will explore how mining, tourism and conservation can coexist in the Tarkine.

In a one hour Q&A-style session, delegates at the forum will have their chance to ask questions of Mr Dabner, Mrs Irwin, Federal Member for Brand, Gary Gray AO MP, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and Maria Island walk founder Ian Johnstone.

The theme for this year’s forum is service expectations and delivery standards; not only for visitors to north west Tasmania, but also for tourism operators and the services they receive from regional, state and national tourism organisations and campaigns.

It will begin with a networking cocktail party at Historic Highfield House in Stanley tonight (Wednesday July 17), before moving to the Stanley Town Hall tomorrow (Thursday July 18) for a full day of presentations. Keynote speaker, Mrs Irwin, will lead the line up along with Tourism Tasmania ceo John Fitzgerald; Domestic Customer Experience for Qantas executive manager Samantha Taranto and Mr Johnstone.

The forum continues Thursday evening with a dinner at Tall Timbers in Smithton and a presentation ceremony announcing winners of the 2013 Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Awards.

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