In Review 

This week Tourism Whitsundays held their inaugural Bowen board meeting. The Tourism Whitsundays Board members met for lunch with Mayor Willcox, Cr Mike Brunker, Cr Ron Petterson, Cr Jan Clifford and Whitsunday Regional Council Acting CEO Bruce Davidson at the iconic Bowen pub Grandview Hotel. The Tourism Whitsundays board members then went on to hold their monthly meeting at the Whitsunday Regional Council Bowen Chambers and then enjoyed a meet and greet with the Bowen Tourism and Business Board members at the famous Bowen Mango. 

The Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will be officially opened with a community Foreshore Fiesta event and fireworks on Saturday, June 29. The $6.3 million redevelopment boasts, a beach step stadium, a sound stage for events, a new tourist bus drop-off area, a refurbished amenities block, a massive 10m high new shaded playground, an improved market stall area with extra lighting, 62 new sealed carparks plus extensive new landscaping and seating. Well done to the Whitsunday Regional Council for their commitment and dedication to this project. We can’t wait to see the foreshore reopened with its fresh new look! See you there!

Tourism Whitsundays Marketing Manager Donna van ‘t Hoff along with 20 Whitsundays operators travelled to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney promoting the Whitsundays message as part of the 2019 Whitsundays East Coast Roadshow. The Roadshow is a great platform for educating the travel trade network on all the available product and experiences we have in the Whitsundays region. Each year the Whitsundays East Coast Roadshow continues to grow and include more exciting products and operators which in turn helps our Whitsundays voice in the important trade sector become louder. The success of this event each year would not be possible each year without the support and involvement of our Whitsundays operators.

It’s been an exciting week for the Rotary Club Airlie Beach Inc, after more than 18 months of planning, the members of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Inc with the support of Whitsunday Regional Council saw work commence on Stage 1 of the Club’s Heritage Walk. This walk will highlight two key historical features along the Bicentennial Walkway, and assist tourists and locals alike to understand and appreciate more about the area’s history.

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This years' global theme is Air Pollution, QTIC are inviting our industry leaders and operators to come together to discuss current challenges and explore opportunities to cement Queensland as a leader in nature-based tourism experiences!
WHEN: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Peppers Airlie Beach, Mt Whitsunday Drive, Airlie Beach
TICKETS: Free -
click here

We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at our May networking night thanks to Mantra Club Croc – RSVP’s close tonight.
Click here to RSVP!


This fortnights top 3 Instagram Posts

An important friendly reminder; please make sure when tagging your social media posts to tag: #LoveWhitsundays #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia. We’d love to share your fantastic pics and help drive your brand awareness through our social media channels, please be sure to add the correct tags.

This fortnight we would like to welcome to the Tourism Whitsunday family our newest members: 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia
  • Safe Night Airlie Beach CBD Precinct Inc
Making the Most of your Membership

Please find below a list of opportunities available for you to get involved with. If you're unsure if these are for you and want to know more, let us know.  

Tourism Whitsundays Member Opportunities
Other Member Opportunities

Member Advertising Opportunities
Non-members
Every membership counts, and goes into marketing and publicity activity to drive visitation, expenditure, dispersal and length of stay. We all benefit from a thriving tourism industry, so help us promote this beautiful destination by becoming a member of Tourism Whitsundays; please see our 2019/20 membership prospectus or contact the membership team for more information.

Find out more - Member Opportunities 

May Networking Night

Where: Mantra Club Croc
Date: Thursday 30th May 2019
When: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
RSVP: 
Whitsunday Tickets
Strictly by 29 May for catering purposes
Bring: Business cards for networking opportunities
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Save the Date - 27 June
June Networking Night 
Shute Harbour 6pm – 8pm

2019 Whitsunday Tourism Awards 26 October 2019

Tickets on Sale Now!

Nominations open – 18 April 2019
Nominations close – 14 June 2019
Site Inspections – mid June – mid August 2019
Written award submissions due – 30 August 2019

Contact Aimee Cameron for further details. 


Important Updates

Stories from around the World
Tourism Whitsundays works closely with Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia on a range of journalist and digital influencer famils. The aim of these famils is to showcase to the world the beautiful Whitsundays. These couldn't be done without the fantastic support from our members. Here is a snapshot of some of the stories that were generated over the past couple of weeks.

Articles
Media Releases

Member Market Place
Welcome to Member Marketplace. As a member of Tourism Whitsundays please find below opportunities from other members and stakeholders withing the Tourism Whitsundays family. If you would like to include something here, please send to our Membership Team.

Here are some great member to member special offers:

Cruise Whitsundays
Locals/Turtle Club Members offer for the Month of May 2019.
- Camira $99 Adults, Kids $79
- Whitehaven Beach AM Tour $49 adults, Kids $29
Click here for more information.
To book contact Reservations on 4846 7000 or info@cruisewhitsundays.com and quote LOCALCSA to redeem.

Explore Group
Whitsunday Locals offer for the month of May 2019.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef for $75pp (ex Airlie) 
Click here for more information.

Hamilton Island
Receive a $50 food and beverage voucher per room, per night PLUS a free room upgrade and ferry transfers. Offer valid until 4 July 2019.
Click here for more information.
To book contact 1800 370 800 vacations@hamiltonisland.com.au

Sunsail 
RYA Sailing school practical courses - locals package.
Click here for more information.

Connole Carlisle  
Did you know that Connole Carlisle have been providing accounting, taxation and business services to the Whitsundays for over 20 years.

If you are in the market for a new accountant or would like to know how we can help, we offer the following member special offer:
- A free, no-obligation initial meeting to discuss how we can help you
- We can meet at your business to gain an understanding of your business, alternatively, we can meet at our serviced office at the Tourism Whitsundays office

To arrange a meeting with one of the experienced team members call 07 4951 9333 or click here.

Compass Business Advisory
Eco Tourism is the biggest tourism growth industry in the world. Become Eco Certified and save 15% if you’re member, throughout the month of May. Contact Compass Business Advisory for more information kathleen@compass-businessadvsiory.com 

It is the member’s responsibility to provide sufficient proof of TW membership upon contact. We suggest emailing from the business email address or supplying a business card; all current memberships can be viewed in the Business Directory on the Tourism Whitsundays website to provide a screen shot
Workshop Noticeboard 
Here is a list of workshops available in the Whitsundays for you and your teams. If you have a workshop you would like to promote, please send through to us. 
*The Tourism Industry Business Capability Development Program is proudly funded by the Queensland Government's Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development.  The program was developed in consultation with QTIC, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Regional Tourism Organisations.
What's coming up in the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays as a destination has a multitude of events and activities at any one time. Below is a list of events that are coming up over the next two months from regional consumer, cruise ships and Tourism Whitsundays corporate events. If you have an event that you would like added, please load to ATDW or contact us on how to do it.
May
June
July




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