Jet boats over­come rocky ride

Whitsunday Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

THE team at Is­land Jet Boat­ing proudly walked away with the gold award in the highly con­tested New Tourism Busi­ness cat­e­gory.

The win was of great im­por­tance to own­ers, Steve and Toni Ward, af­ter com­menc­ing op­er­a­tions in what could be de­scribed as a tu­mul­tuous year for many busi­nesses, and even more so for newly es­tab­lished tourism op­er­a­tors.

Is­land Jet Boat­ing ran its first tour to Day­dream Is­land on Boxing Day last year, hit­ting the Whit­sun­day waters with great suc­cess.

But only three months into its op­er­a­tion, things changed dra­mat­i­cally with the ar­rival of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

While the ves­sel avoided any dam­age, the cy­clone caused sig­nif­i­cant de­struc­tion to Day­dream Is­land, as well as Steve and Toni’s Day­dream Is­land Water­sports busi­ness.

There­after, two one-hour off­shore jet boat tours were launched.

“Al­though there was no longer a Day­dream Is­land com­po­nent, it was very im­por­tant to us that the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of the jet boat ride was not com­pro­mised in any way,” Mr Ward said.

Sis­ter com­pany, Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours, also won sil­ver in the Tour and Trans­port Op­er­a­tor cat­e­gory, as well as sil­ver for Ad­ven­ture Tourism.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

JETSETTERS: A proud Steve Ward thanks the in­dus­try on Satur­day. whit­sun­day­times.com.au Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5, 2017 SUS­TAIN­ABLE SEGWAYS: Zak Kelly and Jeff Aquilina cel­e­brate Whit­sun­day Seg­way Tours win­ning gold.

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