WMDL shifts its fo­cus to tourism in the re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT WAS an his­toric mo­ment for Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited (WMDL) on Fri­day af­ter­noon, as its mem­bers voted to sep­a­rate the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s tourism op­er­a­tions from its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment func­tions.

WMDL’s con­sti­tu­tion will be amended to re­flect the change to a solely tourism-fo­cused or­gan­i­sa­tion, be re- named Tourism Whit­sun­days, and adopt a new board struc­ture.

This is an ex­cit­ing time for Whit­sun­days tourism.

With the Easter week­end early this year and many oper­a­tors fully booked, it should be a great start to the sea­son.

I hope at the lo­cal elec­tions this week­end, we will elect can­di­dates that sup­port tourism. Tourism pro­vides 40% of all jobs in the re­gion and for ev­ery dol­lar tourism earns it adds an ad­di­tional 87 cents to other parts of the econ­omy.

Per square kilo­me­tre, the Whit­sun­days drives more tourism ex­pen­di­ture that any other area of the GBR.

So it’s vi­tal we have govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives who un­der­stand and sup­port that.

Af­ter the suc­cess of WMDL’s most re­cent Net­work­ing Night at Sor­rento’s a few weeks ago, we are de­lighted to in­vite our mem­bers to the next Net­work­ing Night on Thurs­day, March 31.

Ray White Whit­sun­day will co-host the event at Reef Plaza, Can­non­vale.

Tick­ets avail­able from whit­sun­dayt­ick­ets.com.au.

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