TW team at work show­cas­ing area

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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