Live mu­sic makes for warm wel­come

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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