Lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors get back to ba­sics

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

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.

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