As many communities in Australia thrive on tourism as the major source of their town economy, Community Geographic Domain Name websites are proving to be a valuable tool in promoting all aspects of the town and district to visitors to the area.
The site receives many enquiries about Newstead through the 'contact' link. An enquiry to the site is automatically emailed to about six locals for a response. "Usually one of us knows the answer or where to find the answer," says website coordinator Ron Snep.
Within just four months of being live, Lowood’s website had 3000 visitors. The highest users of the website are people planning weekend visits and relocating to the Lowood district. Their most visited web pages since 2008 are: Community Groups/Services (76%), History/Historic Sites (68%) and Events/What's On (55%).
World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a small, vibrant, yet secluded island that can only be visited by plane, off the coast of NSW. With tourism being a vital part of the island’s economy, the Lord Howe Island CGDN is an extremely important part of promoting this great tourist destination to the world.
As a result of their community website, a film producer contacted the Condobolin CGDN to talk about potentially filming a commercial in the central NSW town.