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These leaders are at the forefront of innovation and development within their field. Striving to improve not only their own business, but our city’s prosperity as a whole. Our BDambassadors will bring you regular updates on the latest news, advances and continuous improvements within their industries. This issue we speak with Hospitality Ambassador Mark Brine and Business Advocacy Ambassador Debbie Rains.

Mark Brine – A Touch of Sal

Events season, loosely April – October, is always an exciting time of year for the hospitality industry. Locals are eager to get out and experience our city with reprieve from the summer heat, and visitors descend on our city for a line-up of events – from V8s to triathlons, adventure sports to yacht races, footy games, food truck fiestas and music festivals.

For restaurant, cafe and bar operators, the end of March means our patrons are eager to dine al fresco and take in the water views our coastal city offers. It means restaurant bookings will increase as tourism spikes and locals enjoy the city. For A Touch of Salt, it also means our casual workforce will increase significantly.

The most recent ABS data (December 2017) indicates that visitors bring $2.9m to our region’s economy each day and supports more than 6,000 jobs. The benefits of establishing events are obvious; as well as a healthy visitor economy, there’s promotion of Townsville as a destination, exposure of local business to new customers, increased employment and locals experiencing the city in new and exciting ways.

This year will be our busiest events season yet at A Touch of Salt, with more major food and wine festivals, themed dinners and long lunches than ever before. Our first events of the year have sold out in record time, showing there is certainly an appetite for events in Townsville.

Townsville has come a long way in recent years, developing a broad range of events and cultivating a following for each. On the food scene, many local restaurants and food providers have created signature food events, growing Townsville’s foodie culture and reputation as a dining destination. It’s now our job as event organisers, business owners and residents to give visitors, and locals, a reason to return.

Debbie Rains – Townsville Chamber of Commerce

All of us in the business community and leaders in our respective fields, have a responsibility to work with, encourage and help develop the leaders of the future, after all without them, there is no future.

With 62 major projects about to come on line, Townsville is seeing positive trends moving forward. However, research unfortunately shows that we are losing a large number of our local graduates who are choosing to move following their studies. We clearly have an abundance of amazing opportunities presenting themselves, and where possible we need to harness this talent and retain these skills for our city and region.

Townsville Chamber of Commerce have recently rebranded their ‘Young Chamber to become the ‘Chamber Projects Committee’. The CPC local gives our emerging talent a platform to involve themselves in projects for our members and the city, to enable them to develop their professional profiles and skills.

Following the re-branding, the committee have created a new sense of direction, working tirelessly to bring alive the purpose of the CPC. This reinvigoration has seen the committee leap into action to promote commerce and develop skills of our next generation of leaders in Townsville.

Best known for creating commerce initiative, the CPC is working closely with businesses to brainstorm projects, undertake key networking and implement recognition-based activities such as the bi-annual Business Awards.

The CPC has been working with the next generation of business leaders to enhance their career progression, supporting students at James Cook University via our pathways to success programs which bridges the gap between skills and employment, advancing current business leaders and encouraging their involvement in business projects, and connecting leaders with local business mentors.

I encourage business to have a look at their succession planning and take the leap to employ a future leader for your business, after all they are our future.



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