Mackay’s tourism reputation to bloom

Posted September 15, 2015

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James Beattie from the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and Mackay City Councillor Theresa Morgan tour the Ken Burgess Orchid House during the lead up to Orchids in Paradise.


Mackay is showcasing its assets this weekend, and it has nothing to do with the logistics of handling coal.

It’s host to the triennial Australian Orchid Council Conference.

The event, being held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre from this Friday, September 18, to Tuesday, September 22, is supported by council’s Invest Mackay Conference Attraction Program.

The program aims to boost the local tourism industry by attracting new events and conferences to the region.

Parks and Environment portfolio councillor Theresa Morgan said it would be the first time the event had been held in Mackay.

“We are excited to host this nationally-accredited event in our own backyard,” she said.

“The last conference was held in Perth and the next conference will be in Sydney, so we feel very privileged to have attracted such a high-profile event to regional Queensland.

“A number of world-class international, Australian and local lecturers are presenting at the conference, which is being attended by more than 200 delegates.”

“Internationally-accredited lecturers attending the conference include Jose Portilla, of Ecuador, Lara Jewitt, of England (Kew Gardens), and Fred Clarke and Nile Dusdieker, both of the United States.”

The general public is invited to attend the Orchid Show from Saturday to Tuesday,  from 9am to 5pm at the MECC.

Cr Morgan said there would be thousands of orchids and foliage plants on display.

“Orchids in Paradise will be the biggest horticultural event ever seen in Mackay,” she said.

“Residents can attend talks at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm each day to learn helpful hints and tips for growing their own orchids.


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