Live music makes for warm welcome
A FESTIVAL like atmosphere will greet all cruise ship passengers at Abell Point Marina after funding for live music was approved for every arriving ship over the next year.
With support from Whitsundays Marketing and Development (WMDL) and Abell Point Marina, local musicians Phil Campbell and Jim Hackett will play live music and help Airlie’s volunteer cruise ship ambassadors welcome visitors to the region.
WMDL CEO Danial Rochford said that the live music would help give arriving passengers a great first impression of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays.
“We really want to show people the wow factor when they come and visit Airlie Beach and it’s crucial that we make people feel welcome as soon as they step onto our shores,” he said.
“Coupled with the friendly faces of our tourism ambassadors, the live music will help make Airlie Beach a memorable stop-off for all cruise ship tourists.”
Airlie Beach’s cruise ship ambassadors volunteer their time to welcome visitors to the region, offering a welcoming smile and useful information as they hand out information brochures, Airlie dollars and give advice to travellers.
It was a busy day for the ambassadors and another big day for the town on Monday with race week in full swing when the Pacific Dawn arrived and brought 2010 passengers and 705 crew.
A total of 2061 people departed the ship with 1834 travelling into town and 411 booking tours.
MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: Luke McCaul (Abell Point Marina), Peter Payne, Danial Rochford (WMDL), musicians Phil Campbell and Jim Hackett, Gwen Jackson, Richard Barrett (Abell Point Marina) and Tony Dunn pictured at Abell Point Marina following the announcement that all cruise ship passengers will be greeted with live music for the next year.