DESPITE interest from the far-flung reaches of Tropical North Queensland, the region’s tourism board voted to reappoint three former directors at its annual general meeting on Friday.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland chairwoman Wendy Morris said while she was “delighted to see the interest from further afield” , the group “very much welcomed back the existing directors” .

Those directors are Cairns Destination Marketing’s Sam Ferguson as general director; Skyrail’s Craig Pocock, also as general director; and Skybury Coffee’s Paul Fagg as Tablelands and remote area representative . Cairns Airport CEO Norris Carter retired but indicated he was available for reappointment.

The TTNQ board will meet on Wednesday to decide who to appoint to the outstanding position.

The group’s annual report has also been published, in which Ms Morris said a memorandum of understanding was being sought with each of the 25 councils within TNQ to help boost marketing funding.

“Long-term funding continues to be a problem, especially when we need to react quickly to events such as the Townsville flooding or market changes,” she said.

“Cairns Regional Council remains our key funding partner , providing $2 million in marketing funds and an additional $400,000 for events.”

TTNQ recorded $9.34 million in revenue last financial year, with administration costs dropping and marketing and promotion expenses increasing by about $820,000.

Ms Morris said the $529,645 surplus would be spent this financial year.

“We aim to run with a very small surplus,” she said. “We don’t spend what we don’t receive , we acquit all the grants we receive.”

She also said she was “thrilled” with the attendance at the annual industry awards held after the AGM.

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This article is from the October 21 issue of The Cairns Post Digital Edition.