Gabbinbar Homestead hosted a Garden Party on Thursday 8 February to showcase exciting announcements from local tourism body, Tourism Darling Downs. New age tourism strategies were at the forefront of the evening in a masterclass forum hosted by industry luminaries John Sharpe, David James and Andrew Ching with the key focus on how to get the edge on tourism now and into the future. Tourism Darling Downs CEO Ruth Wetmore said it was a coup to have industry leaders of this calibre come together for the sold out event, one she hopes will be the launching pad for local tourism in 2018.