Whit­sun­days bounces back into top five

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

CY­CLONE Deb­bie failed to keep tourists away from the Whit­sun­days for the Easter Hol­i­days.

This is ac­cord­ing to Wo­tif research which found the Whit­sun­days was the fourth most in de­mand hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion in Queens­land and fifth most pop­u­lar na­tion­ally.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said the results weren’t sur­pris­ing.

“Look­ing at the cal­i­bre of the tourism in­dus­try as a whole, we have the best of the best. Our in­dus­try punches above its weight to give vis­i­tors an amazing hol­i­day,” he said.

First place was claimed by the Gold Coast, closely fol­lowed by the Sun­shine Coast in sec­ond, Great Ocean Road in third and Cairns fourth.

Wo­tif.com travel spe­cial­ist Kirsty La Bruiny said the Whit­sun­day re­gion had bounced back well from the cy­clone.

“Many lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors (were) open for busi­ness this Easter long week­end and we en­cour­age Aussies to con­tinue to hol­i­day and sup­port the re­gion into the rest of 2017,” she said.

Hamil­ton Is­land re­mains on the top of most Aus­tralians’ list when it comes to is­land des­ti­na­tions with 53% sin­gling it out as the is­land of choice.

Look­ing at the cal­i­bre of the tourism in­dus­try as a whole, we have the best of the best. — Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner

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