Lee Duffield

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Moreton Bay tour operators just surviving

Moreton Island Wrecks by trixnbooze on Flickr

Moreton Island wrecks: trixnbooze via Flickr

Moreton Bay tour operators have had a tough year following a disastrous oil spill in March, coupled with a downturn in the numbers of visiting tourists spurred by the global financial crisis.

Despite the tough times, operators in the region have praised Brisbane Marketing and local councils for their support through the ‘Donate a Day to the Bay’ campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage locals to “donate” – in total – 250,000 days to the region.

Tracey Jackson, owner of Solo Adventure Sailing on Moreton Island, said the campaign had been a huge help in generating business.

“It’s been great,” she said.

“We’ve gone from being dead quiet to doing quite a large amount of business.”

Ms Jackson said the campaign generated a lot more local interest in the region.

“Rather than couples or international tourists, we’ve been seeing a lot more local businesses and groups getting together to spend a day out on the bay,” she said.

“Not all businesses are doing so well though; the 4WD operators were hit the hardest.”

Tom Skorzewski, owner of Moreton Island Escapes, said his 4WD tour had suffered since the oil spill.

“We have had lower numbers this autumn and winter season than in years gone by, particularly May and June,” Mr Skorsewski said.

He said there was an ongoing lack of awareness of Moreton Bay as one of Queensland’s premier tourist destinations.

“This campaign was excellent in creating awareness of the plight of Moreton Bay, but we are always in need of assistance in getting the message out that it is must see natural destination,” Mr Skorzewski said.

Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and Islands