People travel for tourism reunion
FOLLOWING the success of last year's reunion, Airlie Beach’s second tourism reunion was held at the weekend.
People who were involved in the foundation of Airlie Beach flocked to Airlie Beach Bowls Club for a night of story-telling and reminiscing.
A dinner was held at Sorrento Bar and Restaurant followed by an evening of dancing and reminiscing at the bowls club.
Tourism operators of Airlie Beach’s past travelled from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for the event which local resident Dale Hell said was a testimony to the town itself.
“It means that the spirit of Airlie Beach is still alive, people travel back because they just love Airlie Beach, it’s a place that never leaves them,” she said.
Attendees included Bernie Katchor who founded Whitsunday Rent-A-Yacht, David and Lynn Moore who built the Island Gateway Caravan Park, marketing entrepreneur Steve Noakes, John Bell from the former Whitsunday Wildlife Park, David Gillman who was one of the first doctors in Airlie Beach, Kevin Bowe who founded Air Whitsunday and Maureen and Sandy Prior who were pioneers of the diving industry in Airlie Beach.
A memory board was signed by those who attended and will be placed on disoplay in Airlie shortly.
Anyone who lived and worked in Airlie Beach from the 1930s to the 1980s is welcome to sign the board and should contact Dale Hell.
Ms Hell said the evening had also inspired her to create another pioneer book, having released the first book earlier in the year.
She said she hoped to get contributions from people who were involved in early service clubs and other organisations including the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Lions Club, the Whitsunday Sailing Club band the local game fishing club.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the second book should contact Dale Hell on 0416 273 598.
HISTORIC: Airlie Beach pioneers reunion organiser Dale Hell in front of one of many displays during the weekend celebration.