From the editor's desk
THIS glorious weather is certainly being welcomed by locals and tourists – and it’s great to report that local accommodation providers are having a bumper school holiday period.
The school holidays ended this week but the town certainly still seems to be busy.
Some Airlie Beach operators are reporting more than 90 per cent occupancy over the holidays and Hamilton Island is reporting its highest occupancy year on year.
A spokesperson for Hamilton Island said the return of Qantas to the region had helped.
There is no doubt that the direct Tiger flights between Sydney and Proserpine would have also helped the tourism numbers in Airlie as well as the islands.
We obviously need more flights into the Whitsunday Coast Airport to ensure the high number of visitors continues.
When Tiger started flying into Proserpine in April this year, this was the first time the mainland Whitsundays had direct interstate flights since 2008.
It is therefore no coincidence that in the same year, we are experiencing a bumper school holiday period.
Let’s hope the weather continues and the tourists keep coming in future months.
The family and friends market is an important part of the local economy so with such great weather, it’s a good time for anyone with family and friends in the southern states to tell them to book flights now while this weather continues.
In other tourism news, the annual tourism and business awards are just over a week away.
The awards are being held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre this year and tickets are already on sale.
There are 200 tickets available at a cost of $140 each.
It is always a great night and recognises the hard work of local businesses.