Whitsunday Times : 2018-12-13

NEWS : 13 : 13


NEWS 13 Thursday, December 13, 2018 whitsundaytimes.com.au Busy ahead of year’s end Expert Lawyers Fee Certainty Responsive Delivery TALKING TOURISM AL GRUNDY Tourism Whitsundays chairman DURING the past month, the planting of coral fragments at Blue Pearl Bay and Mantaray Bay on to submerged trays where they will stay for 12 months has taken place. The team at Reef Ecologic have done a terrific job this year helping our local area with the trials of the underwater artworks and the coral restoration project. Look forward to the corals growing on the trays ready to transplant next year. Tourism Whitsundays and #GoBareboating did an exceptional job hosting of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. The Whitsundays entourage travelled to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney last week, hosting more than 200 travel writers across the three events, the ASTW Christmas lunches provided Tourism Whitsundays and #GoBareboating the opportunity to present the travel writers with information about bareboating around our beautiful islands and to go through what an exciting 2019 the Whitsunday region hear an update from Tourism Australia, campaigns such as the Dundee promotion during the Superbowl put Australia at the forefront of millions around the world. Further, Tourism Australia spoke of the importance of re-energising the Working Holiday Maker program as the youth adventure market spend is 25 per cent of the tourism income. In the Whitsundays, we also recognise that the youth market helps to keep our town vibrant, energetic and fun, not to mention how the young travellers contribute by working in the tourism industry. Finally, thanks to Reef Gateway for hosting the Tourism Whitsundays Networking Christmas party. On behalf of the Tourism Whitsundays Board and Team I want to thank everyone for their continued support. has in store, all in the hope of generating as much publicity for our region as possible. The Whitsundays was again the tourism epicentre last week with the successful annual Whitsundays Tourism Exchange taking place. It was great to see the product managers from some of our largest Inbound Tour Operators and Wholesalers in the Whitsundays. Meetings with the operators and accommodation houses provides timely updates to the very important partners who help to sell the Whitsundays to the world. It was opportune to be able to address the group and provide an update on the exciting projects that are rolling out over the next 12 months, from Island Resort openings to underwater artworks, to new scenic lookout points on the islands. 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