Whit­sun­days a true wed­ding des­ti­na­tion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

THE azure blue water of Pioneer Bay glit­tered in the after­noon light of a mag­i­cal Whit­sun­day win­ter day for the Gran­d­est Wed­ding Expo at Co­ral Sea Re­sort on Sun­day.

The event was planned ahead of Cy­clone Debbie, which hit small busi­ness sup­pli­ers hard, so it was de­cided by the gen­eral man­ager of the Co­ral Sea Re­sort, Greg Waites, to bring in wed­ding traders free of charge.

Many promi­nent lo­cal busi­nesses got on board and Co­ral Sea Re­sort wed­ding event and sales man­ager Sharon Gre­gory said with­out them the venue wouldn’t have the wed­ding in­dus­try it cur­rently did.

“It’s a mas­sive in­dus­try for us and a very large per­cent­age of our busi­ness,” she said.

“We do a min­i­mum of 85-100 wed­dings a year and dur­ing the peak sea­son it’s crazy here.”

Ms Gre­gory said there was a grow­ing phe­nom­e­non of des­ti­na­tion wed­dings whereby guests would want to stay a while be­fore or af­ter the big day.

She said this in par­tic­u­lar was boost­ing the wed­ding and tourism in­dus­tries in the Whit­sun­days.

“In­stead of one day, it turns into a multi-day cel­e­bra­tion and that is why peo­ple are re­ally in­ter­ested in do­ing des­ti­na­tion wed­ding venues in the Whit­sun­days,” she said.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

IN VOGUE: The fash­ion show at the Gran­d­est Wed­ding Expo 2017 at Co­ral Sea Re­sort

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