Boost to the won­drous reef

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Natalie Wynne

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.

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