Chamber hails holiday program a big success
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.