Tourism op­er­a­tors to be­come vis­i­tors again

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

THIS Satur­day, Whit­sun­day lo­cal tourism pro­fes­sion­als are in­vited to go back to ba­sics and re­mem­ber why they fell in love with the re­gion in the first place.

Young at Heart (YAH), the Whit­sun­days’ young tourism net­work, will be host­ing a mega fa­mil­iari­sa­tion tour [famil] of Air­lie Beach on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

This tour is open to tourism pro­fes­sion­als of any cal­i­bre and most im­por­tantly, those who are young at heart. The idea of the famil is to equip lo­cals with the knowl­edge to be­come gen­uine am­bas­sadors of the Whit­sun­days.

The tour will in­clude break­fast at Can­non­vale Beach, a fun-filled itin­er­ary of ac­tiv­i­ties and site in­spec­tions through­out Air­lie Beach and will con­clude at the new Cruise Whit­sun­day mar­itime ter­mi­nal at the Port of Air­lie.

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude stand-up pad­dle board­ing, kayak­ing, robo (seg­way style) tours, lunch at the Air­lie Beach Ho­tel and af­ter­wards drinks at Den­man Cel­lars Beer Cafe.

The event will give YAH mem­bers, travel agents, hos­pi­tal­ity staff and in­ter­ested tourism pro­fes­sion­als an op­por­tu­nity to gain knowl­edge and an op­er­a­tional in­sight into the many lo­cal vis­i­tor attractions.

YAH com­mit­tee mem­ber and event or­gan­iser Chelsea Hauschka said the Air­lie Beach mega famil would be a way to re­mind lo­cals first­hand of what the vis­i­tors are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“It may sound like a sim­ple ini­tia­tive but of­ten changes in staff and the open­ing of new attractions mean that not all tourism op­er­a­tors are aware of what their fel­low op­er­a­tors are do­ing or of­fer­ing. The mes­sage we are re­lay­ing to the com­mu­nity is that we all need to be am­bas­sadors for our re­gion and its attractions.

“We all have a stake in the suc­cess of tourism and the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties it presents,” she said.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the YAH Whit­sun­day Air­lie Beach mega famil should email the com­mit­tee at YAHWhit­sun­day@gmail.com be­fore Satur­day.

FAMIL FUN: Young at Heart com­mit­tee mem­bers Michele Mayhew, Chelsea Hauschka, Aimee Cameron and Emma Scar­rott ready them­selves for a jam-packed day of fun this Satur­day.

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