SO THE combining of Tourism Whitsundays and Enterprise Whitsundays a few years ago was a total failure (and expensive). Who was responsible then? We probably applauded them as heroes at the time.
The “new” TW is going to focus on “our iconic islands, beaches and reefs” – no mention of mainland Whitsundays – so why should us mainlanders support this group at all?
Or is it just that they have not thought this through properly?
Or are they being funded solely by the big name private islands?
The Islands grabbed the Whitsundays icon years ago (with our help). Not a good start. A separate large article highlighted (with all the facts) that the reef is a total disaster area – only a ghostly shadow of what it was prior to this devastation – so why are ‘we’ trying to palm this eyesore off to gullible tourists (domestic and international)?
Surely the tourist industry (and the new TW) needs to be honest and not just rip the tourists off to make the mighty dollar?
Does our tourist industry just hope that these reports, of the reef being a total wreck, are not seen by potential visitors?
Have they not heard of Facebook and other aspects of the internet yet? On a similar vein – I met a group of southern tourists the other day – loved the place – but all absolutely terrified to go anywhere near the water because of these man eating crocodiles and stingers that were just waiting everywhere to kill them.
Bad publicity (and our promotion of it) in the past, stays in potential visitors’ (and residents’) memories forever.
Fin Forbes Cannonvale