Whit­sun­day tourism stands strong de­spite Deb­bie

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

IF ONE word could de­fine the Whit­sun­day tourism in­dus­try, it would be re­silience.

No one could mount a cred­i­ble ar­gu­ment against this state­ment fol­low­ing the news that more than 20 Whit­sun­day busi­nesses have nom­i­nated for the 2017 Queens­land Tourism Awards.

This comes off the back of Cat­e­gory 4 Cy­clone Deb­bie smash­ing the Whit­sun­day coast four months ago.

A full list of lo­cal en­trants will be re­vealed af­ter sub­mis­sions close on Au­gust 24.

Queens­land Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said the high num­ber of en­tries would send a mes­sage of con­fi­dence.

“The strong list of nom­i­na­tions is tes­ta­ment to the re­silience and strength of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity and the tourism in­dus­try in the re­gion,” Mr Gschwind said.

The Whitsundays ex­pe­ri­enced a year of achieve­ment last year, haul­ing 12 ac­co­lades , in­clud­ing four gold hon­ours.

Ocean Raft­ing took their suc­cess to a whole new level af­ter claim­ing Gold in the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards in Fe­bru­ary.

Whit­sun­day en­trants will face off against 200 other busi­nesses lo­cated be­tween Cape York and Coolan­gatta to con­test 28 cat­e­gories such as tour and trans­port, eco-tourism, ad­ven­ture tourism, food tourism, ac­com­mo­da­tion and fes­ti­vals and events.

Whit­sun­day lo­cals and visi­tors to the re­gion will have a chance to vote for their favourite Queens­land tourism op­er­a­tor in the brand new RACQ Peo­ple’s Choice cat­e­gory which will be live from Thurs­day, Au­gust 24.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BEAU­TI­FUL: Ocean Raft­ing was the win­ner of the 2017 Aus­tralian Tourism Awards.

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