Visitor stats show an upward growth
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 email@example.com
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!