Queensland tourism poised for vintage yearQueensland tourism operators are predicting a vintage year for the state’s $23 billion tourism industry as established destinations, new attractions and the Australian dollar lure greater numbers of domestic and international travellers to the Sunshine State.The prediction comes as Queensland’s peak tourism body, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), celebrates its 15th birthday and reflects on the future of state’s second largest export.Today, the state’s tourism industry accounts for one-in-eight registered businesses and one-in-ten workers.QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind, who was also celebrating 15 years at the organisation’s helm, said Queensland’s tourism businesses had evolved into a diverse, dynamic and professional industry that was poised for further growth.“Queensland needs to be proud of its tourism achievements and of the 51,400 tourism operators stretching across the entire state from Coolangatta to the Cape,” he said.“They not only delight local and international visitors every day but play a significant role in protecting our natural environments, preserving our unique cultures and fostering future generations of Queenslanders,” he said.“Looking at the year ahead, all signs point to a very strong year for the Queensland industry, building on the global exposure received from the G20 Summit and leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.”Mr Gschwind said QTIC was committed to championing the value tourism by working closely with tourism operators and governments.“As an industry we can never rest on our laurels and there will always be opportunities and challenges that we need to focus on. By working collaboratively we can ensure all Queenslanders directly or indirectly benefit from tourism,” he said.“Some of QTIC’s recent important projects include the Tourism Indigenous Employment Champions Network and highlighting the role tourism plays in monitoring and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.”“We would like to take this opportunity to show our sincere gratitude to the industry’s leaders, businesses and representatives for their support during the past 15 years. They have helped QTIC achieve its work on behalf of its members and the state of Queensland.”QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of the tourism and hospitality industry across Queensland. Queensland Tourism Industry CouncilSource = Queensland Tourism Industry Council
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From illusion cakes to boozy bakes, there was a host of trends on display at the Cake & Bake Show held at London’s ExCeL last weekend (6-8 October).Some were displayed as part of the impressive cakes entered into the best of British competition – here’s a gallery featuring the standout pieces – while others were visible in the demonstrations and the products available to buy at the show. Here’s our pick of the trends:Illusion cakesFrom sandwiches to suitcases, corgis and even a bust of Queen Victoria, illusion cakes were a big part of the Cake Competition. It even extended to the cupcakes, with many featuring components of a full English breakfast, such as a fried egg complete with crispy edges and baked beans.Need further proof of their trend status? Contestants on the first episode of this year’s Great British Bake Off were tasked with creating an illusion cake in the showstopper.Blood and goreThis is Halloween, this is Halloween! Conveniently, the Cake & Bake Show took place in October meaning spooktacular cakes, such as the above bleeding heart or zombie cake, were not out of place. Gory cakes are gaining popularity, though, as bakers find ways of creating more realistic blood and gore for truly scary, but impressive, centrepieces.Boozy bakesBrits love a boozy bake, from G&T cupcakes to chocolate porter cakes. This is evident from the sheer volume of alcohol brands at the show, such as Aluna Coconut rum, Darnley’s Dry Gin and Mozart Chocolate Liqueurs – great for sipping, but also for baking. The latter even recommends recipes on its website from a chocolate liqueur cupcake to a boozy chocolate cream gugelhupf (a yeasted marble cake made in a Bundt mould).Edible bouquetsWhy send flowers when you can send doughnuts? Or cakes? Say sorry, say I love you, or treat that special someone with an edible bouquet. They’re growing in popularity, with many seen during National Cupcake Week, and are likely to grow further as Valentine’s Day draws near.Cake stencilsThe devil is in the detail, as the old adage goes. Bakers can add detail to their cakes and bakes with stencils, such as the ones pictured above found at the Sugar Vanilla Stencils stand. From spooky spiders to cheerful Christmas designs, beautiful flowers and more, they’re great for adding patterns to cakes with the use of lustre or royal icing.
Promoting Doing Business in Donegal are from left: Matthew Pearson, Pearson Foods; Liam Doherty, Sean Doherty Fruit and Veg; Edel Patton, Patton Eggs; John patton, Patton Eggs, Joe Doherty, Inishowen Country Kitchen; Thomas Hughes, Donegal Rapeseed Oil; Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery; Michael O’Donnell, Island Seafoods and Sharon Morrow, Island Seafoods.People interested in business in Donegal, including those already established or those hoping to start something new, are being urged to come along to the county’s first ever ‘Doing Business in Donegal’ event at the LYIT this Saturday April 26th.Organisers of the free event have assembled a superb line-up of speakers with a broad range of topics from finance, business, marketing, public relations, online business, entrepreneurship, motivation and much more.The idea, says Michael Tunney, head of Local Enterprise in Donegal, is that different rooms will simultaneously host a number of speakers and people who come along on the day will simply pick and choose which ones they’d like to attend. “We have always tried to take on board the feedback we have received from local businesses in Donegal and one of the things we have heard back from Enterprise Week for instance was that they’d love to have something like this – on one day and at the weekend.“In many respects this is like a mini Enterprise Week albeit rolled up into a single day. We have lined up great speakers on topics that have been most popular and requested for Enterprise Week and we’re hoping that with everything in one venue and on one day, there will be a positive response from the Donegal business community and those interested in starting business in the county.”Until recently Mr Tunney had been CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, who had forged strong links with the business community in Donegal over a 20-year period and were responsible for events like Enterprising Donegal Business Week over the past decade.Since April 15th the Board has now become the Local Enterprise Office and is part of Donegal County Council, but the experienced staff will continue to work with businesses across the county. Indeed, while they have been very much at the forefront of the organisation for the Doing Business in Donegal day on Saturday 26th, the event itself is once again a collaborative effort.“An event like this works best when there is co-operation and a multi-strand approach taken and once again we are delighted that the day will go ahead thanks to the support of a number of other business partners and agencies,” Mr. Tunney said.Pre-registration for the Doing Business in Donegal event is now available by visiting the website localenterprise.ie/donegal but it is not necessary to register for individual speakers’ events. You can also register by calling 07491 60735.Registration will also take place at 9.30am on the day but pre-registration is highly recommended.The Saturday will begin with a keynote address at 10am for all in attendance from motivational speaker Pádraig Ó’Máille and that will be followed by the morning sessions with multiple options available and people free to choose which of the speakers they like to hear. There will be more great speakers after lunch with those who attend once again free to choose which talks they’d like to attend and the day will wrap up with a final inspirational address from Jason Black.“We realise that people are giving up their Saturday to come along to an event like this and we will have a few little incentives on the day including the opportunity for someone to win a Kindle Fire. That said, the event has been put together in response to requests from businesses in Donegal and we’re certain that our local businesses will want to be there anyway,” Mr Tunney concluded.GREAT LINE-UP PLANNED FOR ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ EVENT was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Doing Business In DonegaldonegalletterkennyLYITMichael Tunney