Chambers ramp up tourism campaign through 'Local As Qld' launch

Lyndall Smith from Goondiwindi store Little Tots Treasures welcomes visitors.
Lyndall Smith from Goondiwindi store Little Tots Treasures welcomes visitors.

The Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce has joined nearly 40 other Queensland chambers in the launch of the 'Local As Qld' website to help drive local tourism and invite Queenslanders to regional QLD.

In collaboration with CCIQ, the Chamber of Commerce Collective of Queensland is amplifying local tourism and hospitality through the website www.LocalAsQld.com.au, by showcasing the flavours, feel and emotion of each region with a click through to local tourism information.

Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce president, Clive Quartermaine, says each local chamber facilitates and runs their own online campaign to highlight local businesses, tourist spots and hidden gems.

"The Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with www.GoondiwindiRegion.com.au, which is a fantastic resource for visitors to our region," Clive said.

"The website has a new COVID-19 travel advice page featuring up-to-date information on places to visit and where to eat and sleep in our region, so people can be confident that local businesses are open and ready to welcome visitors."

The launch builds on the Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce's 'Come Say Hi' campaign, which encourages locals to invite their friends and families to come out during the school holidays and enjoy the many attractions and local shopping our region has to offer.

"We are also asking for our community's help to create their own 10 second 'Come Say Hi!' video clips to let Queensland visitors know that we are open for business.

"Post it on Facebook and tag the Chamber! Our aim is to light up Facebook with mini-videos that showcase the diversity of local businesses and attractions we have across the Goondiwindi region, which includes Yelarbon, Inglewood, Texas, Goondiwindi, Toobeah and Talwood.

"We will then compile the clips into a video collage that will hopefully inspire visitors to take a road trip to the Goondiwindi region during the school holidays and enjoy our friendly country hospitality.

"The COVID-19 restrictions have been devastating to the Goondiwindi region, and with the borders still closed, we want to ensure that local businesses benefit by an influx of Queensland visitors this school holidays.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to take action and support our region's economic recovery by employing the power of social media to broadcast just why the Goondiwindi region is 'regional Australia at its best'."

For tips on how to create a video quickly on your phone and upload it to Facebook, contact the Chamber on 4671 7486 or email admin@goondiwindichamber.com.au