Sea­son of events is good for all

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - AL GRUNDY Tourism Whit­sun­days chair­man

TOURISM Whit­sun­days is part­ner­ing with Ex­pe­dia Me­dia So­lu­tions on a 12-month cam­paign oc­cur­ring across the Wo­tif.com and Ex­pe­dia.com.au plat­forms.

This will pro­vide the Whit­sun­days with one ‘hero’ cam­paign for the en­tire fi­nan­cial year, aimed at in­creas­ing vis­i­ta­tion to, and spend­ing in the re­gion. The first wave of ac­tiv­ity, aimed at rais­ing aware­ness, kicked off in June Aus­tralia-wide, with the sale pe­riod set to run in Septem­ber and again in Jan­uary 2018. There are still a few spots left. Con­tact Donna van ‘t Hoff at Tourism Whit­sun­days.

Mean­while, Air­lie Beach is set to ‘come alive’ this month, with a raft of lo­cal events draw­ing visi­tors from all over Aus­tralia.

First up is the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val. Air­lie Beach’s favourite fam­ily-friendly event is on from Au­gust 3-6. Held in Air­lie’s main street and fore­shore, the four-day event will in­clude a jam-packed pro­gram of mainly free en­ter­tain­ment.

From Au­gust 10-17, the Coral Sea will be dot­ted with brightly coloured spin­nakers for the Air­lie Beach Race Week Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing.

This event, now in its 28th year, prom­ises an ex­cit­ing pro­gram of both on-wa­ter and off-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and is set to draw hun­dreds of sailors, their fam­i­lies and friends to the re­gion.

This leads in to Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week from Au­gust 19-26.

All these events are great for the re­gion, at­tract­ing visi­tors and giv­ing a wel­come boost to tourism op­er­a­tors. They also pro­vide great en­ter­tain­ment for lo­cal res­i­dents, who come out in force to sup­port them. En­joy!

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