June’s cruis­ing for vol­un­teers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FRI­DAY marked the start of a busy June for the Cruise Ship Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sadors, who wel­comed their first ship of the month to the Abell Point Ma­rina.

As al­ways, feed­back was gen­er­ous, with vol­un­teer am­bas­sador co­or­di­na­tor Brian Richard­son say­ing the new wa­ter park Air­lie Ride n Slide and Whit­sun­day Gold Cof­fee tours were the hot topic among vis­i­tors.

“The feed­back is nor­mally that it is a great day out even when they are just wan­der­ing around town. The mar­kets were very, very busy. The weather was re­ally on our side (and) a few even came back sun­burnt,” he said.

The Pa­cific Dawn was on a four-day cruise from Bris­bane with one stop in Air­lie Beach.

The ship brought to town 1598 peo­ple, 420 of whom went on lo­cal tours.

It was the first of six cruise ships to visit the re­gion this month.

Mr Richard­son guessti­mates through­out the month, Air­lie Beach will play host to around 10-11,000 vis­i­tors af­ter five ships vis­it­ing in March brought 8-9000 to town.

Of the 10-11,000 pos­si­ble vis­i­tors, Mr Richard­son said an av­er­age 2-3000 were pre­dicted to go on tours with lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors.

“With the tours in con­sid­er­a­tion, it has po­ten­tial to earn around $700,000 over this month,” he said.

Next Mon­day, the Leg­end of the Sea will visit, pulling up through the Port of Air­lie and bring­ing around 2076 pas­sen­gers and 859 crew.

The cap­tain and ho­tel direc­tor will be com­ing ashore to be pre­sented with a plaque and keys as a “wel­come to town” cer­e­mony.

The Royal Caribbean ship which vis­its Bris­bane, Air­lie Beach, Cairns, Dar­win, Bali and Sin­ga­pore will re­turn in De­cem­ber.

The Cruise Ship Am­bas­sador Vol­un­teers are al­ways on the look out for new vol­un­teers, with in­ter­est grow­ing rapidly.

In the past two months, the am­bas­sadors have placed seven new vol­un­teers.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Brian Richard­son on 0400 985 760.

YOU BEAUT: Royal Caribbean's Leg­end of the Sea will pull in on June 15.

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