New face of local tourism
NEWLY appointed Granite Belt Wine and Tourism (GBWT) marketing manager Guy Cantrel says he has landed his "dream job".
With a diverse and extensive background in tourism management, Mr Cantrel replaces Sarah Reeves after she resigned from the position in June.
He said the region was well placed to further capitalise from its many assets, while staying within the realms of the GBWT budget.
"A lot of work has been done over the past three or four years, and the Granite Belt is in a much better position than before," he said.
"We have to look at what is possible, what is reasonable and what will provide a return."
Mr Cantrel said all Granite Belt businesses should benefit from the region's yearly influx of tourists.
"Every tourist dollar attracted to the region by tourism operators filters through the other economic sectors up to seven times - from the service station, to the supermarket, to the pharmacy," he said.
"You don't have to be a wine grower or hotel owner to be in the tourism business - it's called the trickle down effect."
While his predecessor cited board level friction as reason for her resignation, Mr Cantrel was confident of having no such issues.
"I took the job strongly believing that I could work with everybody," he said.
"Any plan that's made has to be sustainable - ask the questions first and then make decisions.
"I'm here to serve the community and hopefully build Granite Belt wine country's brand."
Mr Cantrel will be introduced to the GBWT members during the AGM at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism on Thursday.