Tourism reaches new high
I WANT to start this week by congratulating the whole tourism industry on the latest international visitor figures, which are the best ever recorded for a 12-month period in the Whitsundays, at 248,000 (97 per cent of which were holidaymakers).
Obviously, this hasn’t happened overnight. We have experienced steady, sustained growth for a few years now but to have hit an all-time record is certainly something to shout about.
Tourism Whitsundays attended the Fishing Summit in Mackay last week, which saw tourism representatives from the Cassowary Coast to Mackay come together to discuss how to identify and develop tourism opportunities around our waterways and fishing experiences.
Tourism Whitsundays is also in negotiations with MMG around holding more fishing championships on Lake Proserpine and, of course, the mighty Merv Hughes will be filming his fishing show on Lake Proserpine in early Aprilwhich will certainly shine the spotlight on our region’s fishing assets.
Finally, I would like to remind the tourism industry and the broader community that the draft changes to the Whitsunday Plan of Management (WPOM) are open for comment. Submissions close on Friday April 7, 2017. For more information go to www.gbrmpa.gov.au.