Main­land tourism?

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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