Com­ment by the Chair of the Tourism State­gic Ad­vi­sory Group

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS - Jeff Aquilina

TO­DAY, we have two im­por­tant events, the WMDL An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in the morn­ing of Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 30 and the next WMDL Net­work­ing Night from 6pm-8pm tonight.

The WMDLNet­work­ing Night will be held at the new Cruise Whit­sun­day Mar­itime Ter­mi­nal. This state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity is a fan­tas­tic new ar­rival and de­par­ture point for vis­i­tors to the Whit­sun­days. Anec­do­tal feed­back from lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike has been very pos­i­tive. Cruise Whit­sun­days has con­tin­u­ously demon­strated its com­mit­ment to grow­ing tourism in the Whit­sun­days and I am look­ing for­ward to hear­ing an up­date from the company at this week’s WMDL Net­work­ing Night. If you haven’t regis­tered to at­tend the net­work­ing event, please con­tact us to­day on 4948 5900.

On the week­end it is then time to head up to Bowen for the 2014 Gem of the Co­ral Coast Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val prom­ises a lot of fun with a street pa­rade, tomato eat­ing re­lay, dance pre­sen­ta­tions and many more ac­tiv­i­ties. It is a great com­mu­nity event and I en­cour­age all of you to visit Bowen on the week­end – join in the fun at this event, ex­plore the stun­ning beaches or take in the views from Flagstaff Hill.

Last but not least, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late one of WMDL’s staff mem­bers, Tash Wheeler. Tash was awarded Queens­land State Fi­nal­ist of the 2014 Young Tourism Pro­fes­sion­als Award by the Aus­tralian Re­gional Tourism Net­work. This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment and the ac­knowl­edge­ment of Tash’s con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of re­gional tourism is well de­served.

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