In Review 

Here at Tourism Whitsundays we’ve been heavily in campaign land for the past few months, kicking our year into high gear was the confirmation of the $1 million Whitsunday Island Campaign and the announcement of the $250,000 Whitsunday Mainland Campaign (Monsoon Flood Recovery).

As part of the Whitsunday Mainland Campaign we saw the Today Show bring their presenters and crew for an outside broadcast in March at the Airlie Beach Lagoon, as well as 2 days of weather crosses at Bowen’s Horseshoe Bay and Long Island’s Palm Bay. Also, part of this campaign incorporated activity through trade partner MyQld who packaged together Whitsunday Coast flights, tours and accommodation. The Whitsunday Mainland Campaign focus is to put a global spotlight on what our diverse mainland has to offer, from Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine.

Next was the Whitsunday Islands Campaign this is a major $1 million jointly funded initiative between Cruise Whitsundays, Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Whitsundays. This campaign was centered primarily around the rediscovery of the Whitsunday Islands in support of our iconic Whitsunday Island resorts reopening their refurbished doors.

The Whitsunday Islands campaign is being targeted at key domestic markets such as Melbourne, Sydney and throughout Queensland. The fund includes a comprehensive creative media buy campaign which includes office towers in Sydney and Melbourne, street furniture and social and digital activity across Melbourne, Sydney and throughout Queensland. This campaign will also include exclusive media launches in London and New York targeting media outlets in those crucial international markets.

If you’ve been interstate over the past few weeks you would have been smacked in the face with the amazing advertising for this campaign WONDERS OF THE WHITSUNDAYS, the striking WOW has caught the attention of many!

Along with the huge advertising schedule for this the campaign, we’ve also set up a specific landing page
thewhitsundays.com.au which incorporates deals for Cruise Whitsundays, Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and InterContinental Hayman Island Resort and a link to explore more of the Whitsundays on the Tourism Whitsundays website.

If you’re into House Rules on Channel 7 you’ve probably caught the More To Explore tv commercial we recently shot which takes in the many beautiful spots on the mainland to explore, from the Bowen River Hotel in Collinsville, to Lake Proserpine, to the amazing Bowen beaches and of course Airlie Beach, this activity is part of the Whitsunday Mainland Campaign. The More To Explore tv commercial is being aired from Mackay to Townsville and inland to Moranbah capturing the attention of our key drive markets and is also being followed with targeted social media clips.

Much to our delight we’ve this week announced our
Whitsunday Coast social media campaign, which is also part of the Whitsunday Mainland Campaign, and whoa nearly 200 entries already!! What a response less than 24hrs after announcing!! The campaign will be run until 2:00pm next Friday 21 June 2019 and encourages Instagram users to share their favourite Whitsunday Coast image whether it be from their own collection of images or an image of the Whitsunday Coast from our Visit Whitsundays Facebook Gallery with photo credit. Entering is easy – simply head to Instagram and post your Whitsunday Coast image and caption in 25 words or less why you would rather be on the Whitsunday Coast. Don’t forgot you need to tag #lovewhitsundays #adventureairlie and #whitcoastgiveaway to be eligible!

Following the Whitsunday Coast social media campaign, we’ll run straight into the Wotif conversion campaign which we believe will help increase forward bookings, this campaign will feature accommodation and tour deals around the Whitsundays and will use clever targeted advertising to capitalize on the buzz created by the social media campaign.

Click here to view campaign creative examples.


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: 
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 


June Networking Night

Where: Sunsail Whitsundays and Whitsunday Rent 
A Yacht, 6 Bay Tce Shute Harbour
Date: Thursday 27 June 2019
When: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
RSVP: 
Whitsunday Tickets
Strictly by 26 June  for catering purposes
Bring: Business cards for networking opportunities
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Save the Date - 25 July
July Networking Night 
Daydream Island 6pm – 8pm

2019 Whitsunday Tourism Awards 26 October 2019

Have you registered your nomination in for the 
2019 Whitsunday Tourism Awards?
Nominations close this week – 14 June 2019
Click here to nominate now!

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 - Locals love June.
- Great Barrier Reef Adventure $130 Adult, Child $55 (4-14 yrs)
- Whitehaven Beach half day cruise - Morning departure $49 Adult, Child $29 (4-14 yrs)
Click here for more information.
To book contact Reservations on 4846 7000 or info@cruisewhitsundays.com and quote LOCALWHB to redeem.

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.
June
July




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