Businesses have busy year ahead

THE Coffs Coast business community has a busy year ahead as operators explore opportunities to boost economic growth and prosperity in the region.

Business leaders will gather at the Jetty Memorial Theatre tonight to hear about marketing plans for the Sawtell, Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour Jetty precincts which have been developed by the city council in conjunction with the business community, consultants and the Department of Industry and Investment.

“These plans are really important. They are looking at the unique selling points for each of these villages and obviously there are synergies between the three villages,” said the council’s special projects and events officer, Courtney Tune.

“I think it will be a good year for local business.”

Local entrepreneurs will meet again later this month to discuss the importance of Rally Australia to the local economy.

On February 28 at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, Coffs Coast Tourism will host a meeting for businesses across the city, and at the top of the agenda will be "gearing up" with Rally Australia to be held later this year.

Tourism operators will hear from the rally organisers what this international event means for their markets and how they can get involved.

Coffs Coast Marketing will also present the provisional "destination leisure" marketing plan, to be followed by an industry discussion.

Meanwhile the amalgamation of Coffs Coast Tourism and Bellinger Tourism will also be detailed.

Local business people with passion and spare time are being asked to nominate for the new tourism board of the Tourism Coffs Coast Association and the nomination process will be outlined.

The meeting is set down for a 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start and the cost is $20 for tourism association members and $25 for non-members.

RSVPs are essential by Wednesday, February 23, to Tracey at or by calling 6651 7766.

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