Guide to the buying habits of tourists
By DAWN COHEN
BALLINA'S tourists want to buy everything, from antiques and barbecues to zebras, Victor Leto, Ballina Visitor Centre information officer, told the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting yesterday.
"Maybe not the zebras," he quipped.
"But the business community needs to know people want to buy a surprisingly wide range of goods and services."
About 52 relaxed members of the Ballina business community heard Mr Leto introduce the Ballina Coast and Hinterland Visitor Guide prospectus.
The publication acquaints visitors with local businesses and services.
Ballina Visitor Centre was promoting the town as a tourist destination for fami- lies, older couples and younger couples, Mr Leto said.
Rick Mowle, Tourism Ballina Inc steering committee chairman, said Ballina's private sector should be leading the promotional push for Ballina, supported by government bodies.
Mr Mowle paid tribute to the pro-
active approach of Ballina Shire Council tourism staff and councillors.
At question time Cr John Felsch said he believed local tourism was being held back by government regulations.
"There is a fortune in the river, but we can't get to it because of the fish," he said.
"I like fish, but you have to be realistic."
Bryan Marriott, Ballina Chamber of Commerce secretary, announced the first meeting of Ballina's Community Economic Development Board will be held on Monday.
Members are invited to participate in chamber talks with Geolink, consultants in the CBD upgrade.
New members welcomed over the hot breakfast at the Ballina RSL Club were Michael Jackson, from Clearsight Optometry, and John Eggins, from Eggins Prestige Homes.
Call 6681-5049 for information.