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WHITSUNDAYS’ en­hanced rep­u­ta­tion as a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding lo­ca­tion could have helped drive the 45% jump in tourist spend­ing within the past year.

Tourism Whitsundays chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Craig Turner said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had worked closely with Wed­dings Whitsundays to get the re­gion on the radar of those plan­ning to tie the knot.

“There’s those who want the big wed­dings out on Hamil­ton Is­land,” he said.

“Then there’s those that just want to get a cel­e­brant in a cane field.”

An­other pop­u­lar op­tion, he said, was to get mar­ried on one of Bowen’s beaches be­fore tak­ing the wed­ding party back to Air­lie Beach.

When asked what the top five wed­ding des­ti­na­tions for the re­gion would be, Mr Turner said there were a lot of op­tions.

But for those want­ing some tips on the best of the best avail­able in the re­gion, he listed the fol­low­ing top five Whit­sun­day wed­ding spots: White­haven Beach: Mr Turner said it was pop­u­lar to get mar­ried on the iconic white sand beach be­fore the wed­ding cou­ple took a he­li­copter ride over Heart Reef and re­turned to join the party on the sil­ica sands.

Villa Botan­ica: A multi-mil­lion dol­lar estate and wed­ding venue at Wood­wark Bay, north of Air­lie Beach.

Bowen beaches, in­clud­ing Rose and Horse­shoe bays:

Mr Turner said the wed­ding party would of­ten then head back to Air­lie Beach af­ter the cer­e­mony. Hamil­ton and Day­dream Is­lands: Par­tic­u­larly for larger wed­ding par­ties. Palm Bay Re­sort on Long

Is­land: Mr Turner said the bou­tique re­sort catered par­tic­u­larly well to smaller wed­ding par­ties of 25–30 peo­ple, who stayed in the 14 beach­front cab­ins.

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