Resort openings a hot topic
THE re-opening of Daydream Island, Hayman Island and Airlie Beach Hotel were hot topics at the Tourism and Events Queensland Conversations with the Industry forum on Monday.
The business networking event is part of a series run by Tourism and Events Queensland to present new projects and discuss key business areas such as digital, development and domestic and international marketing.
Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington said the focus of this year’s forum was coming back from the devastation of Cyclone Debbie over the past 12 months.
“What we focused on today is how we really work well together to make sure we attract people to come here,” Ms Coddington said.
“It will be stronger because it will be new product.”
“It will be really good for those that have weathered through the last 12 months, for the new operators coming back in and it will lift everyone in the region.”
As part of its mission to deliver outstanding experiences, Tourism and Events Queensland is using statistics from online customer reviews and consumer expectations through the Best of Queensland Program launched in October 2017.
Ms Coddington said the Queensland Government was working alongside the tourism body to provide funding and develop specific programs which would help grow tourism experiences and infrastructure based on consumer feedback.
It comes after the Palaszczuk government’s call last Thursday for tenders to conduct a study into developing a premium eco-tourism experience on Whitsunday Island.
Tourism Whitsundays General Manager Natasha Wheeler said out of the chaos and destruction of Cyclone Debbie had come countless undiscovered secrets in the Whitsundays.
“It’s exciting because for once there’s a program in place that will actually have our industry strive to achieve better in all of the areas that globally people are searching for,” she said.
“The last 12 months has kind of allowed us to focus on the wider Whitsunday story and what else is out there.
“It’s a really exciting time for us, especially domestically, and looking at how we can grow that message of the Whitsundays.”
Daydream Island is set to re-open in September 2018. Hayman Island has not set an exact date for re-opening but will be taking reservations from March 1, 2019.
The Airlie Beach Hotel has opened its three-star motel rooms with four-star rooms opening on June 1.
TOURISM TALKS: Stakeholders join for a networking forum at Coral Sea Resort.