Tourism reaches new high

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - AL GRUNDY Tourism Whit­sun­days chair­man

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.

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