Boost to the wondrous reef
HELPFUL: REEF HQ director Fred Nucifora welcomes tourism exposure AFTER a turbulent few weeks, Townsville tourism is getting a welcome boost with representatives of the Seven Natural Wonders organisation visiting the region.
The delegation toured Reef HQ and the Maritime Museum before heading to Magnetic Island to experience one of the seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, first hand.
Townsville Enterprise General Manager Scott Waters said the tour couldn’t have come at a better time for a region still in recovery mode from last month’s Cyclone Yasi.
The category f i ve system caused widespread damage to the Great Barrier Reef, damage which could take up to 10 years to be repaired.
‘‘ Yasi has done
significant damage to the reef, however it is patchy and overall we still have some great areas still to be able to visit,’’ Mr Waters said.
R e e f H Q d i r e c t o r F r e d Nucifora said the international visitors would help spread the word that the North’s tourist attractions have well and truly reopened following Cyclone Yasi.