This magazine has found its way across the world to countries in Asia and the Middle East, and its influence can be seen every day when we look at all the holiday-makers from a range of different backgrounds enjoying our gorgeous beaches and glorious coastline.
Baptist Minister, Mark Tronson recalls his holidays to the Gold Coast when his own children were young, as delightful and memorable experiences, however, we must realise that tourism also has its flaws. Many people use holiday's as an escape from reality, problems at home, debts and loneliness. It is here that Well-Being Australia has developed research and development seminars for the churches to help combat these issues in major Tourism hot spots. Fortunately, these workshops have been well received.
Gold Coast businessman, Graham Aston, initiated the Gold Coast Visitors Guide 26 years ago. Producing this magazine three times a year is a huge task with a lot of organisation and communicating with clients, the tourism business houses advertising in the guide and the travel companies bringing tourists to the area.
Graham spends many hours on the road, getting in and out of the vehicle, chatting with his advertisers, to 'chew the cud', and of course, enjoy many a 'cuppa'.
His partner in life and this enterprise Wendy Aston, is the graphics expert of the operation and she concentrates on all of the design and art work, a heady and time consuming task.
Graham and Wendy Aston first met Well-Being Australia chairman, Mark Tronson when he contacted them about the possibility of promoting his ministry. Their relationship developed over a period of months, as they learnt to understand each others' businesses and form a mutually beneficial correspondence.
Well-Being Australia Tourism and the Art Ministry were able to work autonomously with one another because of their mutual ministry roles on the Gold Coast, otherwise known as "tourism central".
The Art Ministry has infiltrated the tourism sector by putting its paintings in resorts and restaurants around the coast. Art is a popular form of respite and an enjoyable hobby for many people. The art placed in these resorts and restaurants is a clever way of illustrating the vital links between the local community and tourism agenda.
The donation of a half page promotional piece in The Gold Coast Visitors Guide will help Well-Being Australia's Art Ministry (Tronson du Coudray Art) on the Gold Coast and in turn its associated Tourism Ministry!!