Time to stim­u­late lo­cal wed­ding in­dus­try

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

THE time has come for the wed­ding in­dus­try to band to­gether and make the Whit­sun­days a ro­man­tic hotspot of Aus­tralia.

This is the view of Botan­ica Wed­dings co-founder Janet Ho­gan, who re­cently cel­e­brated Villa Botan­ica’s achieve­ment as among one of Aus­tralia’s top three wed­ding venues at the 2017 De­sign­ers of Dreams Awards in the Gold Coast.

Ms Ho­gan said in light of the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie, there was never a bet­ter time for wed­ding venues to play on each other’s strengths.

“What’s fab­u­lous to see is the re­silience in the

“I’d like to say to all small busi­ness own­ers, have a think about how your busi­ness could con­trib­ute to cou­ples en­joy­ing their Whit­sun­day wed­ding week and how can we keep them in the area so it’s not just the day of their life but the week of their life.”

Three weeks af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the coast, cou­ples are still choos­ing to tie the knot in the Whit­sun­days with a num­ber tak­ing ad­van­tage of the idyl­lic White­haven Beach which con­tin­ues to of­fer a breath­tak­ing ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Ho­gan said she hoped Villa Botan­ica’s achieve­ment would help stim­u­late the re­gional wed­ding in­dus­try in spite of chal­lenges.

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