Business as usual in cyclone’s wake
THE Whitsundays is open for business and ready to welcome visitors.
This is the message from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney and the region’s tourism operators in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Dylan.
In a press conference with both local and national media in Airlie Beach on Friday, Mr Newman said the region had "dodged a bullet" and he encouraged tourists to visit.
"My message to people interstate... is that the Whitsundays are open for business, in fact Queens- land is open for business," he said.
"Please don't stay away. The cyclone is gone."
Mayor Jennifer Whitney re-iterated that it was business as usual, saying the region had "weathered the perfect storm".
Whitsundays Marketing and De- velopment Limited (WMDL) acting chief executive officer Daryl Hudson was keen to spread the same message. He said conditions were continuing to improve and it appeared the region experienced minimal damage.
Acting Inspector Steve O'Connell of Whitsunday Police said the Whitsundays had come out relatively unscathed. He thanked the emergency and disaster co-ordination services and issued "a general thank you to the community - that they listened to the warnings and responded accordingly".