In Review 

It’s that time of the year again! Nominations for the Whitsunday Tourism Awards are OPEN. Excitingly this year, Tourism Whitsunday and Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) have collaborated in offering the Whitsundays Region access to the Awards Online Program. In what will be a Queensland Regional Tourism Office (RTO) industry first the Whitsunday tourism operators, accommodation providers and business owners will nominate and submit all through the Awards Online Portal which in previous years was only used for entrants to the state and national level Tourism Awards. Make sure you keep Saturday 26th October free – dust off your dancing shoes, as always, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

As we approach the end of the financial year Tourism Whitsundays renewals come up, and now more than ever our tourism industry needs to rally together, we need to invest in the continued growth of our region using the resources available to Tourism Whitsundays to promote our stunning destination to a global audience. There are so many exciting re-openings and new products happening for the Whitsundays – this is set to be a big year for us, we look forward making the most of that opportunity.

The inaugural Whitsunday Festival of Motoring kicks off this weekend, the 3-day event will begin this Friday and is set to draw crowds from far and wide. Motorsport lovers and competitors will gather for a fun packed weekend showcasing our glorious Whitsundays. This event is a FREE 3-day jam-packed community event from Friday 3rd - 5th May 2019 across Airlie Beach, Bowen, and Proserpine. For more information please
click here.

We’ve had a busy start to the ‘famil’ season, having already hosted over 10 journalists and digital influencers to our region and 2 front page cover stories in Escape Travel (News Corp) and Traveller (Fairfax) – with many more famils in the pipeline please keep an eye out for the Tourism Whitsundays famil opportunities.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to the Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Ambassadors for their 15 years of friendly welcoming faces! The Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Ambassadors are such an integral part of our cruise ship offerings, we’re grateful to the have support of the Whitsunday Regional Council with this program.

If you’ve got some little people in your life make sure you take them down to the new Airlie Beach foreshore playground for some serious fun!! With lots for the really little kids and bigger kids to climb, swing and see! Well done to the Whitsunday Regional Council on the completion of this mega fun zone!

The Australian Fishing Classic which was filmed last year at Lake Proserpine will go to air this weekend with 3 chances to watch: Saturday 4th May at 5pm on TEN Bold, Sunday 5th May 11:30am on TEN Bold and Saturday 11th May at 6:30pm on TEN HD – be sure to tune in and watch these legends in action.

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: 
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.  

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 2018/19 Membership Prospectus or contact the membership team for more information.

Find out more - Member Opportunities 

May Networking - Save the Date

Event Name: Tourism Whitsundays Networking 

Where: Mantra Club Croc
Date: Thursday 30th May 2019
When: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
RSVP: Invitation coming soon
Bring: Business cards for networking opportunities


2019 Whitsunday Tourism Awards

Nominations open – 18 April 2019
Nominations close – 14 June 2019
Site Inspections – mid June – mid August 2019
Written award submissions due – 30 August 2019
2019 Whitsunday Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony – 26 October 2019 – Venue TBC


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.


Media Releases & Articles
The Today Show - Live from the Whitsundays in April


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:

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.

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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