Foreign journos enjoy our shores
THE very best of the Sunshine Coast will be on display this weekend for a group of 36 European journalists.
The journalists, from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Spain, are part of Tourism and Events Queensland and Sunshine Coast Destination's Queensland on Show Europe event.
An Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd spokeswoman said it was the largest European media contingent to visit the Sunshine Coast - and one of the largest to travel through Queensland.
With latest visitor statistics showing international visitor growth had increased by 10.6%, it was important to keep the trend going, she said.
Germany was the fastest growing market for the Coast with visitor numbers up by 30.6% to 32,000 for the year ending June 2015.
The Coast will be the first stop for the group on their Queensland tour and their experience will include a visit to Australia Zoo, a hinterland tour, a Great Beach Drive and the Eumundi Markets.
The journalists will also have the chance to visit Richard Branson's Australian home with a welcome function on Makepeace Island in the Noosa River.
Some will travel on, but 12 will get to stay for another week and experience more of what the Coast has to offer.