From the CEO

QantasLink Sprit - - Contents - John Giss­ing CEO, Qan­tasLink

FES­TI­VALS AND sum­mer go hand in hand. The sea­son in Aus­tralia kicks off as soon as the tem­per­a­ture starts to rise, and there’s some­thing on of­fer for every taste.

One no­table ex­am­ple is the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Each Jan­uary, this leg­endary event al­most doubles the pop­u­la­tion of Tam­worth, NSW, show­cas­ing the city and its beau­ti­ful sur­rounds to more than 60,000 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors an­nu­ally. Over the years, it has helped launch global names like Keith Ur­ban and Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley.

Qan­tasLink’s his­tory with Tam­worth goes back al­most 70 years, with a branch of our roots proudly traced to the oneair­craft, one-pilot op­er­a­tion of the Tam­worth Air Taxi Ser­vice. To­day, there are 36 re­turn ser­vices to the des­ti­na­tion per week on our Q300 and Q400 air­craft. And we’re one of Tam­worth’s largest em­ploy­ers, with more than 100 peo­ple work­ing at our heavy­main­te­nance hangar. For all those rea­sons, we’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be in­volved with the fes­ti­val as a spon­sor.

Fes­ti­val sea­son also takes us to the south­ern states – in par­tic­u­lar, the South Aus­tralian coastal city of Port Lin­coln.

If you haven’t yet tossed a tuna at the an­nual Tu­narama Fes­ti­val, the event is cer­tainly worth a visit. Who knows – if you can mas­ter a ham­mer-style toss, you might even break the 37.23-me­tre record set by for­mer Olympian Sean Car­lin in 1998.

Tu­narama is an­other event that has stood the test of time. Now in its 56th year, the fes­ti­val is on from Jan­uary 25 to 28. Our Qan­tasLink fire­works dis­play al­ways draws a crowd to the jetty and see­ing the sky lit up over Bos­ton Bay is some­thing you won’t forget in a hurry.

So, if you haven’t yet de­cided on your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, make sure you add a trip to these fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tions to the short list!

I hope you en­joy read­ing Spirit as much as our writ­ers en­joy un­cov­er­ing the best of Aus­tralia to share with you in each edi­tion. Happy New Year.

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