In Review 

Congratulations to Whitsunday Regional Council on the Whitsunday Festival of Motoring, it was great to see another event that showcased our beautiful surrounds and was enjoyed right across the Whitsunday Region.  

This week kicks off our Whitsunday East Coast Roadshow, Donna our Marketing Manager along with 20 industry partners hit the road along the east coast to promote the Whitsundays. 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.

We have launched the
Youth Cluster Marketing Committee nomination process, members of Tourism Whitsundays who work in the youth market can nominate to join this marketing committee. The aim is to develop a strategy for marketing the Whitsunday Region collectively.

At the last meeting of the Board, we discussed the importance of our industry collectively sharing and engaging in positive reef messaging on social media. We need to band together and share each day the beautiful images we are capturing and importantly, engage positively with any negative posts or comments. The Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays is still very beautiful! Don’t forget to hashtag #lovewhitsundays, #thisisqueensland and #seeaustralia.

The
Whitsunday Tourism Awards planning is now under way and we hope many of our industry are nominating to be a part of the process. Nominations are open for any member to enter the Whitsunday Tourism Awards. The event will be held on Saturday 26 October at a venue yet to be announced. This year we are very excited to have streamlined the submission process, thanks to QTIC for opening the Queensland portal to the Whitsundays. This means for anyone wanting to enter the Whitsunday awards you can use the same nomination to enter Queensland – twice the opportunity for one entry. Don’t miss out, Queensland nominations through QTIC close on 31 May and the Whitsundays nominations close 14 June. Nominating is step 1, and then you have a few months to complete the submission. Please click here to enter.

Last week the 2019/20 Membership Renewals were distributed. The team have implemented a new system for this process in the hopes of streamlining it for you and reducing our paper use. You can confirm your membership electronically via the renewal email. If you didn’t receive your email or want to discuss membership, please email the
membership team   – we hope that this process makes it easier for everyone.

On Monday, the $1M
Whitsunday Islands Campaign went live! This is a cooperative joint funding activity between TW, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, InterContinental Hayman Island, Cruise Whitsundays and Tourism and Events Queensland. The campaign involves a direct to consumer tactical element, out of home advertising in key domestic markets, regional activity as well as publicity. We have no doubt that with celebrating the opening of the Whitsunday Islands this will translate to increase in visitation across the Whitsunday region. Here’s to this activity helping to turn things around for the better for the Whitsunday Region tourism industry!

Stemming from Terry Kemp’s appointment as a Master Reef Guide, Cumberland Charter Yachts are putting together the inaugural Whitsunday Reef and Island Symposium, to be held at Lure, Abell Point on the 29th May. The objective is to educate and enhance people’s knowledge about the health of the reef and national parks and how people can play a part in protecting our tourism assets so they become ambassadors with up to date information from experts in their field and impart that knowledge to tourists from a positive perspective. Tickets available
click here.

The $6.3 million Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is in the final stages of construction and is expected to be completed mid-2019, weather permitting. The Airlie Beach Foreshore project has been funded through the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions fund and the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The exciting new 10.5 metre-high playground opened to all on Friday 19 April, just in time to celebrate the Easter long weekend. Children of all ages lined up to go on the climbing dome net, rope skywalk and three huge slides for the first time.


This fortnights top 3 coral 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.  

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

Event Name: Tourism Whitsundays Networking 

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


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

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.
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