Industry’s still strong
MORE people in the Whitsundays are working in the accommodation industry, the latest data released from the 2016 census has revealed.
The top industry for employment in the Whitsunday Local Government Area, 9.7 per cent of employees (1507) reported working in the accommodation industry on August 9, 2016, up from
8.8 per cent (1366) in the 2011 census.
While that number reflected a modest increase in accommodation providers across the region in the past five years, Rose Bay Resort owner and Bowen Collinsville Enterprise chairman Paul McLaughlin said it was the continuing strength of three high-employment industries that was important for the Whitsundays.
“What the statistics do show, which I think is very important, is that we do have a great diversity in our region,” he said.
“Tourism, mining and agriculture are our big employers and I think in the Whitsundays we are very fortunate to have that. When one industry does have a bit of a downturn, we can continue to prosper in other industries.
“We’re very fortunate not to have all our eggs in one basket.”