Vis­i­tor stats show an up­ward growth

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT HAS been a busy and ex­cit­ing time for Tourism Whit­sun­days, with the lat­est round of in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion sta­tis­tics show­ing strong up­ward growth over the last 12-month pe­riod.

A to­tal of 220,000 over­seas vis­i­tors ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days over the past year, up 5.3% on the pre­vi­ous re­port­ing pe­riod.

The Whit­sun­days con­tin­ues to prove it­self as one of Aus­tralia’s top scenic des­ti­na­tions ev­ery year, thanks to our amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion and tourism prod­uct.

Re­cently, I had the plea­sure of meet­ing with the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Tourism, Richard Col­beck, when he vis­ited Air­lie Beach last week to meet with busi­ness and tourism op­er­a­tors.

We dis­cussed the chal­lenges which face our re­gion, such as man­age­ment of the Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park and fund­ing for in­fras­truc­ture, such as ad­di­tional moor­ings and new view­ing plat­forms on the is­lands to re­duce pres­sure dur­ing peak hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

I be­lieve the Min­is­ter left our dis­cus­sion with a very clear un­der­stand­ing of what the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try re- quires to con­tinue bal­anc­ing vis­i­tor growth with sus­tain­abil­ity of our re­gion’s nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

A great op­por­tu­nity ex­ists for your busi­ness to spon­sor the 2016 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards and be part of the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try’s night of nights.

The event will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort.

Open to any lo­cal busi­ness, spon­sor­ship pack­ages in­clude tick­ets to the awards night – a bril­liant way to net­work with the wider com­mu­nity.

If you are in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the awards, con­tact the Tourism Whit­sun­days team on 4948 5900 or email sup­port@tourismwhit­sun­

I hope to see you at the next Net­work­ing Night, on Thurs­day, June 30, hosted by Lure at Abell Point Ma­rina. Tourism Whit­sun­days will be launch­ing our brand new web­site on the night. See you there!

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