How Green Was My Valet

When Clare McFarlane, managing director of Gold Coast-based Aries Tours, suggested that free-spending, luxury-loving Japanese tourists could be lured to visit a remote cave in Queensland that was infested with worms that glow in the dark, other tour agents snickered and jokingly dubbed her "the cavewoman." Ten years later, the laughter has died down. McFarlane's five-hour excursion to the glowworm cave has become a favorite of Asian tour groups, drawing 50,000 visitors a year from Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to Springbrook National Park, about 50 kilometers southwest from Surfers' Paradise. McFarlane forgives her peers for doubting her...

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