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Tourism and hospitality cluster hits the ground running

More than 40 Clarence businesses got their heads together in Yamba on Monday night of last week to discuss how they could work together through a Clarence Valley tourism and hospitality cluster to maximise opportunities and combat challenges. Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said council’s economic development team introduced a similar scheme for the marine and engineering sector three years ago and it was extremely successful. “Andrew Harris (Andrew Harris Engineering) and Ross Roberts (Harwood Marine) addressed the meeting to demonstrate how their businesses improved from their participation in the marine and engineering cluster,” he said. “Working collectively, they have been able to leverage training and also gained the attention of some of the bigger players and agencies in the market.” Cr Williamson said three key issues came out of the tourism and hospitality meeting; communication, training and lack of knowledge about individual businesses. Yamba Chamber of Commerce president, Sue Hughes, said the chamber was happy to host the inaugural cluster and with the attendance and participation. “It was pleasing to see representatives from Grafton businesses and chamber of commerce,” she said. “Thanks must go to the Yamba Bowling Club for sponsoring the event and showcasing their new Boardwalk Bar.” The meeting decided to convene again and explore the items raised. If you would like to know more about this meeting contact the economic development team on 6645 0205.