Tourism min­is­ter en­joys hol­i­day in Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sharon Small­wood and Ro­han O’neil

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.

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