In Review 

WOW what a fantastic week for the Whitsunday Region! 

Firstly, Daydream Island Resort opened on Monday with 277 rooms and many of these already full for the holidays. Some of our team were lucky enough to head over and check out the new Resort which includes a world class Living Reef with an underwater observatory, area to snorkel, and a reef education centre! There are three restaurants at the North end of the resort and one boasting a teppanyaki area. Congratulations to all the Daydream Island Resort team on the enormous effort on opening this week and generating significant global publicity for the Whitsundays!

Also opening this week, ‘The Pub’, Airlie Beach Hotel’s newly refurbished restaurant [old Capers] opened on the Esplanade right in time for Easter! This is great news for the Whitsundays, and it looks fantastic. A big congratulations to Mick and the team at ABH for their investment and commitment to the Whitsundays!

Last week was a fantastic networking night where the 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week launched. It’s going to be another fantastic event this year with more spectator events than ever. Thanks to all TW’s members for coming along to networking.

The week before last TW held a Youth Cluster Marketing Meeting to talk about what can be done now to cooperatively market the Whitsundays to the youth market globally. Soon the team will be calling for nominations for the ‘Youth Cluster Committee’ who will work together to drive cooperative marketing initiatives for the youth market.

You can now get a good look at the Underwater Sculptures that are going into the Whitsunday Marine Park as they are on display at the Big Mango. Check these beauties out before they ‘go under’, then you will be able to snorkel around them! They really are fantastic.

Last week Tourism Whitsundays in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland hosted the TODAY Show in Airlie Beach to promote all the wonders of the Whitsunday Coast. This was a fantastic segment with beautiful weather to showcase to Australian’s how beautiful the Whitsundays really is and encourage them to book a holiday here. This week we have two more outside broadcasts with Stevie from the TODAY Show doing a weather cross in Bowen on Thursday and then Long Island on Friday.

On behalf of all the team at Tourism Whitsundays, we hope that this Easter brings some much needed bookings throughout the region from tours to accommodation and of course our wonderful restaurants and retail stores! It’s Daydream Island Resort and Airlie Beach Hotel this week opening, and next month it will be the Airlie Beach Foreshore closely followed by the Whitsunday Coast Airport and then of course InterContinental Hayman Island! It’s an exciting time ahead for the whole region.

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 to come in the weeks
Bring: Business cards for networking opportunities


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


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.

Mantra - Tropical Escape 
Sale dates: 01/04/19 – 21/04/19
  • Mantra Boathouse Apartments - Stay in a 2 Bedroom Apartment from $269* per night. 2 night minimum spend of $538*. 
  • Mantra Club Croc - Stay in a Garden Deluxe Room from $135* per night. Offer includes a 2-for-1 breakfast voucher.
  • Peppers Airlie Beach – Stay in a 1 Bedroom Spa Apartment from $179 per night (Sun-Thu). 2 night minimum spend of $358*. Offer includes hot buffet breakfast daily, Wi-Fi and 15% off Tides Restaurant and Bar.
*Conditions apply. Valid for sale and travel until 28 Jun 19.

To book phone: 1300 987 603 or visit the website: www.mantrahotels.com/deals/tropical-escape 

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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