Local tourism operators get back to basics
BUDDING tourism operators embarked on a famil tour of Airlie Beach on Saturday, an initiative organised by Young at Heart, a Whitsunday tourism professionals network (YAH).
Saturday morning’s unfriendly weather passed leaving perfect sunny Whitsunday weather.
Seven people participated in Saturday’s adventure which started with stand-up paddle boarding with Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle and Kayak owner and operator Mark Pearson.
That was followed by a site inspection at Shingley Beach where participants visited the Reef Safari Dive Centre and Waterline on Shingley before receiving a tour update at Abell Point Marina.
Participants brainstormed potential future establishments to go hand-in-hand with the marina’s current restoration – an outdoor cinema and yoga facility were the most popular answers.
The famil tour continued with Robo (segway style) Tours along the Airlie Beach main
I AM looking forward to celebrating the night of all nights in the Whitsundays this Saturday.
The 2014 Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards will be held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.
It will be a night full of recognition and celebration of our local business community and their achievements and I am looking forward to the award presentations.
It has been a massive year for the Whitsundays and it is time to celebrate.
On the night, we will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and the theme of the night will pay tri- street, lunch at Capers and a review of the rooms at Airlie Beach Hotel.
They inspected three separate properties on Golden Orchid Drive; Martinique Whitsunday, Pinnacles Resort and Spa and Toscana Village Resort and concluded the tour by exploring the new Cruise Whitsunday terminal at the Port of Airlie.
Event organiser and YAH member Chelsea Hauschka described the tour as a fun-filled day.
“It was great to see interest from local tourism professionals and we were really surprised by the feedback from operators who were welcoming and innovative. They were really encouraging of the locals being out and about and experiencing what is on offer,” she said.
YAH will now focus on upcoming networking events and a Christmas party.
To keep up to date with YAH follow their official Facebook page at YAH – Young at Hearts, Tourism Professionals Network. bute to the 61-years of services by the iconic Sunlander Train to our region. I hope to see many of you on the night. I would also like to take this opportunity and invite our local tourism operators to join us for the Whitsundays Tourism Exchange.
After a successful event this year, we are very happy to announce that the Whitsundays will yet again organise a Whitsundays Tourism Exchange in 2015.
This is a unique opportunity for local tourism businesses to meet with key product managers from major wholesalers and online travel agents right here in the Whitsundays.
Make sure you contact Whitsunday Marketing and Development (WMDL) on 4948 5900 if you would like to register or find out more.
Last but not least, I would like to invite you all to join us for our monthly WMDL Networking Night at the new Cruise Whitsundays Maritime Terminal.
Join us on a tour of this fantastic, state-ofthe-art facility and hear an update from Cruise Whitsundays and WMDL on the exciting things coming up.
TOURISM FAMIL: Kathy Ball (Young at Heart), Cherie Morel (Abell Point Marina), Chelsea Hauschka (Young at Heart), Donna Thomas (Hamilton Island), Marlese Hurley (Young at Heart) and Emma Scarrott (Day Dream Island) kick-started the famil with a stand-up paddle session at Shingley Beach on Saturday morning.