Coun­cil pleased with air­port award

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY TOURISM & BUSINESS AWARDS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil is very pleased that the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port re­ceived the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Award for Tourism at the Whit­sun­day Tourism and Business Awards on Satur­day night.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said it capped off a stel­lar year for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port and was an ac­knowl­edg­ment of the tourism ser­vices coun­cil pro­vided to the lo­cal com­mu­nity through the air­port.

“Win­ning this Whit­sun­day Tourism and Business Award is great recog­ni­tion for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port, with coun­cil look­ing at en­ter­ing the air­port in the Queens­land Tourism Awards next year,” she said.

“2013-14 was an ex­cit­ing year for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port with an in­crease in car­ri­ers, flights and pas­sen­gers; in­ter­est in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment ex­pand­ing and the an­nounce­ment to com­mence the process for a des­ig­na­tion of a Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment Area (PDA) over the air­port.

“This year looks like it is shap­ing up to be even bet­ter with the re­cent an­nounce­ment of the air­port post­ing the best first quar­ter re­sult on record with in ex­cess of 72,000 pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the ter­mi­nal dur­ing July, Au­gust and Septem­ber of 2014.

“The Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil as op­er­a­tor of the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port will con­tinue to work with air­lines and in­vestors to ex­pand ex­ist­ing flight routes, add new routes and de­velop the air­port it­self, with the aim of up­grad­ing the air­port to in­ter­na­tional sta­tus as the Whit­sun­day Coast In­ter­na­tional Ex­port Hub.”

LO­CAL GOV­ERN­MENT TOURISM AWARD: Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil's Dan Sta­ley, Jen­nifer Whit­ney, Scott Wa­ters and Gra­ham Jarvis with their Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Tourism Award for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port.

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