JET BOAT LAUNCHES OFF

Is­land Jet Boat­ing show­cases new ves­sel

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ABELL Point Ma­rina was the place to be last Thurs­day night, with the launch of Is­land Jet Boat­ing bring­ing in hun­dreds of guests.

Hosted by Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours, the lat­est ves­sel was launched at Air­lie Ad­ven­ture Cen­tral.

It was also the first Tourism Whit­sun­days mem­bers’ net­work­ing night of 2017 and it is safe to say it was a record-break­ing event.

More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the event, the most peo­ple Tourism Whit­sun­days has had at­tend a net­work­ing night.

Owner of Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours Toni Ward said she was more than happy with the re­sponse to the oc­ca­sion.

“We had the top 50 tour and travel agents in the re­gion for the last year there who looked af­ter us,” she said.

“It was a fan­tas­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion of get­ting ev­ery­one to­gether and hav­ing our tourism com­mu­nity to­gether and help­ing us launch a great ves­sel.”

Since the ves­sel’s launch in De­cem­ber 2016, Ms Ward said it had proved to be a pop­u­lar op­tion for both tourists and lo­cals.

“It’s that unique­ness and it’s some­thing fresh to the area that has made it gain a lot of pop­u­lar­ity,” she said.

“It’s not of­ten in two hours you can zoom across on a jet boat to a beau­ti­ful is­land re­sort.

“When you get to Day­dream, guests can do jet ski hires, or jump on a ba­nana boat or ex­pe­ri­ence the liv­ing reef.”

Ms Ward said Is­land Jet Boat­ing catered for the hol­i­day­mak­ers who would rather let some­one else take the driver’s seat and en­joy the ride.

Tour par­tic­i­pants con­fi­dent enough to ride their own jet­skis dur­ing Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours and the Is­land Jet Boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence gave other tourists – who aren’t con­fi­dent in driv­ing a jet ski or can’t speak English well – a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the same spins and thrills that is of­fered on a jet­ski tour.

Chair of Tourism Whit­sun­days, Al Grundy said the turnout was “gold”.

“It’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing be­cause only 12 months ago we prob­a­bly only had 40 or 50 peo­ple turn­ing out,” he said. “It shows you what 12 months does with pos­i­tive lead­er­ship.”

Dur­ing speeches that evening, Mr Grundy said the great deal of ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing in the first six months of 2017 was en­cour­ag­ing for not just mem­bers, but also the re­gion as a whole. “Par­tic­u­larly with south­ern me­dia and al­liances with Tiger and Vir­gin (air­lines),” he said.

“With them be­ing on­side and push­ing the Whit­sun­days is awe­some for us and I do be­lieve it should lead to a bet­ter flow sea­son for us. They’ll help fill the gaps where our num­bers drop.”

It was a fan­tas­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion of get­ting ev­ery­one to­gether and hav­ing our tourism com­mu­nity to­gether and help­ing us launch a great ves­sel. — Toni Ward

PHOTO: PHILL GOR­DON HD-XPOSURE

LAUNCH PARTY: The team at Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours in front of the new Is­land Jet Boat­ing ves­sel.

OWN­ERS: Steve and Toni Ward pre­sent­ing their speech at the Is­land Jet Boat­ing launch.

PHOTO: PHILL GOR­DON HD-XPOSURE

CROWD: More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the launch.

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