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November 8, 2019 - International diplomat in high-level visit to Innisfail

The German Consul-General to Australia, Mr Peter Silberberg, made a visit to Innisfail this week to discuss business and tourism development opportunities between the Cassowary Coast region and Germany.

The VIP meet-and-greet session was hosted by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council on Monday (4/11). The event was attended by representatives from the regional tourism industry, Cassowary Coast businesses and local government.

Mayor John Kremastos said that natural opportunities existed between Germany and the region, with German tourists making up the largest number of visitors each year.

“Strong ties exist between the Cassowary Coast with Germany,” Mayor Kremastos said.

“German tourism is a vibrant and popular part of our local economy, and we’re open to ways to develop those bonds further.

“Not only is this good for local businesses, but it also helps spread the reputation of our region internationally.”

The Chairwoman of Tropical Coast Tourism, Jasmine Porteous, said the popularity of German tourism demonstrated that the region ticked many of the boxes for particular types of international visitors.

“The region is blessed with many of the sights and attractions that are high on the list of German and other European tourists, she said.

“Of particular importance are the nature-based experiences for which the region is increasingly known. Scope exists for further marketing development to be undertaken, especially with the German market in mind.”

Representatives from various industries provided snapshot reports of their business sectors. These included Stuart Duplock (CEO of Dunk Island developer Mayfair Iconic Properties); Peter Selleras (Fruit Forest Farm); Ron Donges (Bradken and Marty Philips (Mainstream Barramundi Farm).

A further more extensive opportunity for regional and German businesses to interact will be planned for the region next year.