Happy days as vis­i­tors re­turn

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.”

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

HAV­ING FUN: Tourists are re­turn­ing to White­haven Beach fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie through op­er­a­tors like True Blue Sail­ing.

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