Region is ready for busy Easter
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.