Happy days as visitors return
AS TOURISM in the Whitsundays slowly gets back on its feet, visitors are showing they are not being scared off in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.
A snap taken at Whitehaven Beach shows smiling backpackers on a True Blue Sailing charter with the Whitsunday Islands National Park sign.
James Spicer, sales manager for Explore Whitsundays, said their charter boats were one of many tourism operators who were back in business after re-opening last Saturday.
“International travellers are still arriving en masse and loving it,” he said.
“It’s thanks to the crew and staff behind the scenes who have made this possible, working non-stop without power or water, limited food, tired and almost broken. To be running tours as normal within day of one of the largest storms in history, shows the passion this little town with a big heart has for this destination.”
While Mr Spicer said he understood not every business in the Whitsundays was ready to re-open yet, any shut downs had a chain effect on other businesses around the world.
“From food provisioning and bus transfer companies to travel agents and airlines – if we stop they stop,” he said.
“It’s been challenging, there’s no denying that. There’s a lot of issues still but we’re quite a resourceful industry. It’s also not just the backpacker market, it’s also the deluxe market where we’re seeing people return.”
HAVING FUN: Tourists are returning to Whitehaven Beach following Cyclone Debbie through operators like True Blue Sailing.