Cham­ber hails hol­i­day pro­gram a big suc­cess

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AL­MOST 2000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce (ABCC) dur­ing the re­cent school hol­i­day break.

ABCC vice-pres­i­dent Heidi Ward said 52 busi­nesses took part in the pro­gram of­fer­ing 74 low, or no-cost ac­tiv­i­ties, over the two-week pe­riod from Septem­ber 23-Oc­to­ber 6.

Ac­tiv­i­ties ranged from Zumba around the la­goon to story-telling at Lea’s Book Ex­change, to a Mount Whit­sun­day run. Par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar were the vol­ley­ball games at the la­goon, aer­o­bics ses­sions on the beach, Flames of Poly­ne­sia live show at Mag­nums Ho­tel and a kids club be­side Mr Bones.

Ms Ward said this was the first time more than 50 busi­nesses had worked col­lec­tively on one pro­gram and she thanked all the vol­un­teers who helped to make the ini­tia­tive a suc­cess.

“We did have a cou­ple of lumps and bumps and we would have liked to have had the pro­gram fi­nalised two or three weeks ear­lier but we’re [now] look­ing for­ward to the next school hol­i­day pro­gram and more busi­nesses be­ing in­volved,” she said.

Over­all Ms Ward said the feed­back from busi­ness own­ers was “far bet­ter than we ex­pect- ed”, with the cham­ber now plan­ning to re­peat the ex­er­cise over the forth­com­ing Christ­mas break.

She said the ini­tia­tive was free for busi­ness own­ers to par­tic­i­pate in and was about “putting money back into their tills by draw­ing peo­ple into their busi­nesses.”

Mean­while, next on the agenda for ABCC is a ‘shop lo­cal’ ini­tia­tive, ex­pected to kick off in the com­ing weeks.

Be­tween now and Christ­mas there will also be an of­fi­cial ABCC launch.

“We’ve ba­si­cally got a plan ‘til March,” Ms Ward said.

“Ev­ery month we’ve got some­thing [hap­pen­ing].”

CUL­TURAL SHOW: Whit­sun­day res­i­dents and tourists gath­ered to watch the highly an­tic­i­pated Flames of Poly­ne­sia per­for­mance by Mackay group Gen­er­a­tion to Gen­er­a­tion as part of the Air­lie Beach Re­sort Town Ac­tiv­ity Guide on Satur­day night.

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