Food tourism and branding tropical North Queensland
Che, D, Wright, R & Rae, R 2012, 'Food tourism and branding tropical North Queensland', in R Li (ed.), Innovations in destination marketing research: Travel and Tourism Research Association 43rd Annual Conference Proceedings, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, 17-19 June, Travel and Tourism Research Association. ISBN: 9780615640860
Agricultural producers in Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) have diversified through food tourism. This paper examines how industry and stakeholders see regional cuisine and local agricultural production as fitting into overall destination development and the region’s brand. A focus on local foods, including development of the Taste Paradise food brand, can strengthen TNQ’s ‘tropical paradise’ tourism brand. By moving beyond a reef and rainforest focus, which is increasingly problematic given climate change predictions, expanding the TNQ brand through food can help the region tap into new segments, increase awareness of TNQ as a multiexperience destination, and sustain agricultural producers.