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AUS­TRALIA had break­fast Whit­sun­days style last Thurs­day, thanks to Fish D’Vine coowner Kevin Collins and mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney, who spruiked the re­gion on the To­day Show.

Pre­sen­ter Natalia Cooper and her crew broad­cast weather crosses live from Abell Point Ma­rina from 5.30am, fo­cus­ing in par­tic­u­lar on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Ms Cooper said hav­ing come to Air­lie not know­ing much about the Clipper Race, she would cer­tainly be leav­ing bet­ter in­formed.

She also ac­knowl­edged what an achieve­ment it was for Air­lie Beach to be cho­sen as a Clipper stop and said like the Clipper crews, she’d been im­pressed by the desti­na­tion and the friend­li­ness of its peo­ple.

“It’s def­i­nitely one of the most beau­ti­ful places in Aus­tralia so we wanted to show it off for a cou­ple of days - I just wish we could stay longer,” she said.

Hav­ing the To­day Show broad­cast­ing live from Air­lie Beach was made pos­si­ble by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, with mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney say­ing she had worked hand in hand with Abell Point Ma­rina “and funded th­ese crosses as a great pro­mo­tion of the Clipper event and ac­knowl­edge­ment of the Whit­sun­days as an in­ter­na­tional world-class sail­ing desti­na­tion”.

“We’ve been cho­sen (by Clipper) along­side Lon­don, Rio and Syd­ney – this is an ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent event for the re­gion,” she said.

Mr Collins mean­while, show­cased the re­gion’s food with a break­fast of fruit, warm muffins and “a Whit­sun­day al­ter­na­tive to ba­con and eggs in a fresh, lo­cal co­ral trout on the bar­beque” to get the na­tion’s taste­buds go­ing.

He said pub­lic­ity like the To­day Show was great af­fir­ma­tion of the strength and pop­u­lar­ity of the Whit­sun- days brand.

“It’s taken 30 years prob­a­bly to get to this point where we’re now in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s great des­ti­na­tions and (pub­lic­ity like) this is just more con­stant ‘lit­tle drips’ of a pos­i­tive mes­sage about Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days,” he said.

LIGHTS, CAM­ERA, AC­TION: To­day Show cam­era­man Sam Reynolds lines up pre­sen­ter Natalia Cooper and Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce / Fish D’Vine co-owner Kevin Collins for a live cross at Abell Point Ma­rina.

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