Moves on 'mega merger'
A MEGA-tourism merger has been agreed in principle.
Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism is one step closer to joining forces with Toowoomba Golden West and South Burnett Tourism after a special board meeting in Toowoomba yesterday.
The merger, which has been in the pipeline for months following a consultant study, is now in the hands of their membership and a vote will be taken on the issue at Special General Board Meetings next month.
The board of Toowoomba Golden West and South Burnett Tourism agreed in principle to merge with their neighbouring regional tourism organisation, Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism, following yesterday's meeting.
This decision comes after the SDGBRT board agreed to the merger earlier this year and it will now go before the members of both organisations at separate special general meetings to approve the resolutions.
Joint general manager of both organisations Stuart Perry said it was the culmination of a lot of hard work over the past 10 months in particular, given that discussions have been ongoing over the past five years.
“‘I am positive that the work of the RTO marketing team will be enhanced by the joint ventures that have steadily developed in recent times."
“If we are given the green light from the membership, the challenge will be to get this new flagship RTO delivering quality marketing into our marketplace."
Mr Perry said he believed the membership meetings would occur within the next six weeks.
“We have to get this moving to ensure we get the new organisation up and functioning as quickly as possible."
The move comes after Southern Downs Regional Council continues trying to facilitate its local restructure.
This restructure will take the Warwick Visitor Information Centre control from SDGBRT and Warwick Tourism and Events (WTE) given the responsiblity to run it.
WTE will move from its home in the Town Hall to the information centre.