Tourism minister enjoys holiday in Whitsundays
QUEENSLAND tourism minister Jann Stuckey was in the Whitsundays for a family holiday last week.
Ms Stuckey, who was publicly criticised for holidaying in the Maldives during her 2012-13 Christmas break, said she chose to spend her one week of annual leave right here in the Whitsundays.
“When I visit as the tourism minister I never have more than 12-14 hours to enjoy the facilities so I knew I wanted to come back and enjoy the hospitality and magnificent views,” she said.
Ms Stuckey and her husband Richard spent their time visiting Hayman Island, Bowen and Airlie Beach. They also took a trip to the reef and a scenic helicopter flight.
“I got in some retail therapy at Port of Airlie and we hired a car to drive to Bowen to try one of Jochheim’s famous pies,” Ms Stuckey said.
While in Airlie Beach, Ms Stuckey stayed at the Coral Sea Resort, catching up with long-time friend and resort general manager Greg Waites.
“It’s great to see her from time to time and I’m thrilled to bits she’s the minister,” Mr Waites said.
“Being from the Gold Coast she has a good understanding of what it takes to make it as a small business.”
Ms Stuckey said it had been wonderful to sample the region as a tourist rather than seeing it through the eyes of a minister.
“I’m very pleased to see the progress on the main street and I encourage the region to keep marketing this destination,” she said.
“It’s time to spread the word that the Whitsundays is a destination for everyone and there are massive opportunities here between mining and tourism.”
HOME TURF: Queensland tourism minister Jann Stuckey (centre) with her husband Richard (left) and Coral Sea Resort general manager Greg Waites (right). Ms Stuckey chose to spend her one week of annual leave in the Whitsunday region last week.