Re­gion claims top 10 spot in coun­try

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days has ranked in the top 10 na­tion­ally as a favourite re­gional des­ti­na­tion dur­ing the July school hol­i­days.

The re­sults of the Wo­ sur­vey placed the Whit­sun­days 8th on the list along­side a host of other North Queens­land des­ti­na­tions, with Cairns tak­ing the top spot.

With win­ter be­ing the prime time to visit the re­gion, Wo­ found more than a third of Aussies (35%) were es­cap­ing the colder cli­mates down south and hav­ing a sec­ond sum­mer hol­i­day, while one in 10 (11%) said they would em­brace the chilly weather with a snowy get­away.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said while 8th place was great re­sult, he wanted to see the Whit­sun­days claim the top spot.

“I think its fantastic that we’re in the top 10, how­ever we’re striv­ing to be in the top five (and even) num­ber one,” he said.

“Our des­ti­na­tion has so much to of­fer. We’d like to con­tinue to see growth in the mar­ket.”

BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day mar­ket­ing man­ager Tanya Cran said she thought it was great news.

“The June/July hol­i­days are al­ways pop­u­lar with us,” she said.

“We’re av­er­ag­ing 82% which is fantastic. Ob­vi­ously the weather helps this time of year

“It’s good to be recog­nised na­tion­ally at that level.”

PAR­ADISE: Air­lie Beach’s fa­mous la­goon of­fers safe swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties all year round.

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