TW team at work showcasing area
I’D LIKE to welcome our new CEO, Craig Turner, who was appointed last week by the Tourism Whitsundays Board.
Craig is a local businessman and has many years of experience in previous marketing roles locally, such as Director of Sales and Marketing at Fantasea.
I’m delighted to have him at the helm and we look forward to working closely with him to steer the new TW.
A very big thank you goes to Judy Porter, who has been acting in the position of Caretaker CEO over the last few months during the transition from WMDL.
The TW team is hard at work preparing for the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) on the Gold Coast from May 13. This is the biggest tourism travel trade event on the calendar, and we are very lucky to have it so close to home this year.
Emma, our Destination Tourism Specialist, has 120 appointments with international product managers to showcase what we have to offer, and Joanne, our PR and Communications Specialist, will be meeting with up to 45 key media influencers and decision-makers.
As ATE is within Queensland, we have been successful in securing a large number of pre and post familiarisation tours where travel trade and journalists get to experience the Whitsundays in person. This is an excellent opportunity to get key stakeholders into the region.
No doubt you have heard about the coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef over the summer.
While it has been the worst bleaching on record, fortunately there are still plenty of locations along the length of the reef which have escaped the worst of this event, including the Whitsundays.
Our visitors continue to enjoy snorkelling and diving around our islands and reefs, however we need to do all we can to reduce the impacts of climate change into the future.