Win for the Wangetti Trail a massive boost for bicycle tourism
Bicycle Queensland has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that it will fund the design and business case for the Wangetti Trail – a 76km world-class bike and walkway.
The mountain bike and hiking trail would link the tropical landscapes between Palm Cove and Port Douglas beside the Great Barrier Reef, solidifying its potential as a key Tropical North Queensland tourism attraction.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the ecotourism project would significantly boost the regional Queensland economy.
“Far North Queensland is the perfect destination for bicycle tourism,” she said.
“Investment in the Wangetti Trail will provide walkers and mountain bike riders with a bushland and ocean experience like no other, drawing tourists from around the world.
“Bicycle tourism promises to boost the economy, preserve our natural environment, and bring more people to Queensland’s beautiful shores.”
According to the latest available data, the adventure travel market is growing by about 65 per cent yearly.
“The global bicycle market is projected to grow from US$45B in 2016 to US$62B by 2024, with 32.8 million electric bikes sold in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016,” Ms Savage said.
“Queensland is strongly positioned to capitalise on a booming interest in bike tours and evidence suggests bicycle tourists stay longer, spend more, and support smaller businesses.
“Investment in ecotourism opportunities like the Wangetti Trail will be a wonderful opportunity to grow bicycle tourism in regional Queensland.
“We have some of the world’s best-known mountain bike trails and endurance events and this project could become one of the most iconic mountain bike trails in the world.”
The Wangetti Trail project will start in June 2018 and is due for completion by 2021.
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