Re­gion is ready for busy Easter

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Whit­sun­day re­gion is pre­par­ing for a busy Easter with solid tourism book­ings recorded for the long weekend.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford said for­ward book­ings had been very strong across the en­tire re­gion.

“Hote­liers are ex­pect­ing a huge Easter weekend and busy re­main­der of the school hol­i­days,” he said.

Res­i­dent man­ager for the Air­lie Apart­ments, Cathy Lo­gan, said she was al­most at ca­pac­ity for the Easter weekend and that cur­rent vis­i­tors were ex­tend­ing their stays.

Seats on tours to the Whit­sun­day is­lands, White­haven Beach and the Great Bar­rier Reef are also sell­ing out fast. Cruise Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle said the Whit­sun­days had en­joyed very busy Easter pe- ri­ods for the past three years “and we ex­pect there to once again be a high de­mand for day cruises through­out the re­gion”.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice are also ex­pect­ing a busy Easter and will be fo­cus­ing on traf­fic safety through­out the pe­riod ahead.

Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion, Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Brad Teys, said po­lice would be con­cen­trat­ing on the ‘Fa­tal Five’ of drink-driv­ing, speed­ing, seat-belts, mo­bile phones and fa­tigue. “We’ll be main­tain­ing a high pro­file and [we] will be pro-ac­tive in our en­deav­ours to keep traf­fic crashes and road toll to nil or [the] bare min­i­mum,” he said.

Act Snr Sgt Teys re­minded mo­torists to drive to the road con­di­tions and for those people plan­ning a long trip, he stressed the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing the signs of fa­tigue.

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