Jan Jarratt walks in other shoes

MEMBER for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt joined staff of Tourism Whitsundays last Wednesday for a day of work experience as part of the Queensland Government's ‘walk a day in my shoes' program.

Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Peter O'Reilly said he had invited Ms Jarratt to experience a day working in one of the region's most important industries.

“This will give her an insight at the ground level as to what travellers need and want and what the tourism industry is telling us they so desperately need and want,” he said.

Mr O'Reilly also said that having Ms Jarratt on board for a day will help her to get a better feel for the ways that state government can help to assist with boosting tourism numbers in the region.

“There are some major tourism infrastructure projects pending for our region at the moment and there is a long term need for the Queensland Government to play a role in developing the Whitsundays,” he said.

“So it is hoped this insight will assist in the Government's planning.”

The work experience day saw Ms Jarratt attend a staff meeting to hear about the day to day work the Tourism Whitsundays staff do to promote the Whitsundays.

Ms Jarratt said she would benefit from the opportunity to gain some experience by working with tourism management and marketing through her day at TW.

“I'm sure I will benefit as a local representative and member of the government by spending some quality time hearing and seeing issues first hand,” she said.

“It's a great opportunity that I'm certain will help me to focus more clearly on how the government can work with the tourism industry to benefit the area.”

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