From the editor's desk
THE announcement this week by the Premier Campbell Newman that three more casino licences would be issued in Queensland has certainly been met with mixed reactions from Whitsunday residents.
It is unknown where the new casinos would be located but there was media speculation earlier in the week about the Whitsundays being a possibility.
There have also been strong suggestions about resorts in other areas already keen to add casinos to their developments.
The CEO of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Danial Rochford believes the Whitsundays tourism industry would benefit from extra casinos in the state, even if not here on our doorstep.
A lot of work would need to be done by any developer before getting the green light from the State Government so none of the new casinos are expected anytime soon.
Meanwhile, some local tourist operators and local residents have expressed concern about any plans for a casino here. Anti-gambling groups from throughout the state have also expressed concern as Queensland already has more casinos than any other state or territory in Australia.
On another matter...
The annual Whitsundays Tourism Awards are being held this Saturday night at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
This is always a time of celebration for the local tourism industry.
Good luck to all entrants – and have a great night.