Noosa of­fers op­er­a­tors a break

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­

SINCE Cy­clone Deb­bie struck the Whit­sun­days in March, some lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors have been left still feel­ing the ef­fects.

But a gen­er­ous ini­tia­tive by Tourism Noosa aims to give those who were hit hard a break and Whit­sun­day res­i­dents will get to de­cide who that is.

CEO of Tourism Noosa, Damien Mass­ing­ham, said the Re­cover and Re­lax in Noosa ini­tia­tive saw Noosa op­er­a­tors of­fer a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion, tours and din­ing vouch­ers to pro­vide 10 hol­i­days to Noosa for Whit­sun­day op­er­a­tors.

“The Re­cover and Re­lax in Noosa ini­tia­tive was an op­por­tu­nity for our tourism in­dus­try to of­fer those most af­fected a chance to re­cover and re­lax with a Noosa hol­i­day and we will pro­vide the hol­i­days to our re­gional tourism parter, Tourism Whit­sun­days, to fa­cil­i­tate for their mem­bers who have been most di­rectly im­pacted,” he said.

“Whilst those af­fected by Cy­clone Deb­bie will re­ceive re­lief funds by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, this gesture by our in­dus­try will pro­vide a well-de­served break.”

CEO of Tourism Whit­sun­days, Craig Turner, said the of­fer was very “left field”. “It just re­in­forces how when big things such as the cy­clone oc­cur, it brings out the best in peo­ple,” he said.

“It’s an amaz­ing gesture from Noosa and we’re very grate­ful they’re think­ing about us.”

Mr Turner said in or­der to de­cide which tourism op­er­a­tors re­ceived the prize, res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate the tourism op­er­a­tor(s) they thought de­served it the most.

To nom­i­nate, email edi­tor@whit­sun­day­times. and in­clude the name of the op­er­a­tor and the rea­son for your choice by Tues­day, June 13. Win­ners will be an­nounced in next week’s Whit­sun­day Times.

BREAK: Tourism Noosa will of­fer hol­i­days to Whit­sun­day tourism op­er­a­tors who de­serve a break post-Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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