This week, I am off to ‘St Stradbroke’ on Stradbroke Island to inspire and collaborate with the island's community and business leaders.
We will be learning how to foster a strategic mindset to strengthen tourism resilience and pave the way for a brighter future, while capitalising on the power of the island's existing infrastructure and natural attractions.
Recent events, including the closure of sand mining operations and the challenges brought about by COVID-19 lockdowns, have had a significant impact on Stradbroke Island's local economy. Nevertheless, one of the island's inherent strengths lies in the deep connections between its businesses and people.
Looking ahead, it's evident that there is an urgent need to accelerate tourism development, with a special focus on nature-based activities and tours. Additionally, we will explore opportunities to increase investments in education, training, and infrastructure projects to generate new employment prospects for the community.
I will be sharing some compelling case studies from island communities around the world, ranging from standalone beach accommodations, eco-friendly resorts, and fine dining to wildlife sanctuaries, water activities, wellness spas, galleries, festivals, as well as educational, sporting, and spiritual institutes. We will draw on these examples to inspire the process of creating viable island based options.
Before we dive into action, it is imperative that we take the time to gain a profound understanding of the island's unique dynamics. This will enable us to craft innovative and highly valuable solutions that align with and uplift the local community.
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