NOOSA’S struggling tourism sector could soon be in the pink as organisers of the Mardi Gras Recovery Week expect thousands of gay and lesbian visitors to head up this way after their Sydney extravaganza.
Local organiser, Rod Stringer, of Horizons resort at Peregian, is rolling out the hot pink carpet for a market known to know how to have fun and spend up with the best after Saturday’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney this Saturday.
“With tourism struggling to get back on its feet after all the bad weather, we hope this will really give local businesses a real shot in the arm,” Mr Stringer said.
“We are expecting a couple of thousand to come up this way – not all of them might take part in the organised events, but they certainly will help pump some money into the local economy.”
Mr Stringer was hoping for a break in the weather after some of last year’s recovery program was washed out. He said while they expect some international visitors from Germany and the US, the American presence in Sydney and Noosa will be reduced by the state of the US economy and the strong Aussie dollar.
“Our five-day event kicks off with the traditional welcome cocktail party on the Boathouse floating restaurant on the Noosa River from 5pm on Monday.
Other events include a sunset cruise on the Noosa River Queens and a gala dinner at Trios Restaurant, Noosa Marina; pool party at the Hideaway Men’s Resort; a cruise for the girls; an afternoon barbecue at Horizons and a farewell breakfast at the stunning Homestay at Noosa.
“The program is all inclusive, and we have events running throughout the Tewantin, Noosaville, Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach areas. Local businesses will have the opportunity to promote their products and services,” Mr Stringer said.
For information go to www.mardigrasrecoveryweek.com.au or call Rod on 5448 3444.