Tourism industry shines bright
RESILIENCE. It’s a word that gets bandied about a lot in the smaller corners of Australia.
But nowhere was it more befitting and celebrated than at the 2017 Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Hamilton Island on Saturday night.
Every one of the many award winners and finalists had a tale of courage and extraordinary strength.
To bounce back from the devastation of Cyclone Debbie to be standing on the stage in their black-tie best just six testing months later should be an inspiration to us all.
The value of the tourism industry to the local economy can not be underestimated.
It contributes about $728 million to the region and provides thousands of direct jobs and hundreds more indirectly.
The tourism operators, along with everyone else in our region, has suffered as a result of the cyclone in March but the tourism industry proved its resilience at the weekend when more than 400 people, including operators, sponsors and supporters, celebrated each other’s success at the region’s equivalent of the Oscars.
A total of 41 businesses were recognised for their tireless devotion.
Congratulations again to all the winners and finalists.