WELCOME BACK, WHITSUNDAYS
The rebirth of Daydream Island after Cyclone Debbie’s damage will kickstart the Whitsundays renewal early next year. The Great Barrier Reef resort is being redeveloped to the tune of $100 million, to feature 277 refurbished modern rooms and suites, five new restaurants and bars, reimagined pool area, adults-only area and kids’ club. But the reopening hasn’t been without some mischief; a fake Facebook page, now shut down, has been advertising a fake opening date, attempting to scam followers’ private details. Hayman Island is also set to re-open under an InterContinental flag next year.
Australians have shown plenty of support for the Whitsundays after Debbie hit early last year, with domestic visitors totalling 551,000 up until the end of June, a 7.1 per cent annual increase on the previous year.
A year’s worth of How I Pack columns has shown us here at Escape that a good proportion of travellers won’t
fly without their noise-cancelling headphones. And some new stats from the Qantas Frequent Flyer Rewards Store show that when it comes to using points, headphones are what people are buying.