In Review 

Firstly, welcome to our newest Tourism Whitsundays board member Toni Ward from Whitsunday Jetski Tours. Toni was elected last Monday at the special General Meeting, thank you to all the nominees that put their name forward. Well done Toni, we look forward to your contribution as part of our board. Also, at the General Meeting last Monday some changes were endorsed in the Tourism Whitsunday Board constitution. 

We had a great turnout at our first Tourism Whitsundays Networking Night of 2019! Thanks to Anchor Bar for their hospitality and great food. It was fantastic to see so many members there, we look forward to seeing you at the next networking night on the 28th March at the Proserpine Historical Museum, invitations will be with you soon.  

As part of a Connecting with Asia initiative Tourism Whitsundays’ Marketing Manager Donna van ‘t Hoff will be taking Sean from Ocean Rafting and Kev from Fish D’vine over to China on Friday. This is a great opportunity for those businesses to showcase their products to a range of Chinese Trade partners.  

Reef Ecologic is now seeking any public comment regarding the Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project under Regulation 88PD of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth). Public submissions will be considered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in making a decision on this permit application. It would be great to get the feedback from our local community regarding this project. For more information – to view video click here and to read PDF click here.  

Earlier this week the Langford Sandbar artwork pieces were delivered for display at the Bowen Big Mango Information Centre grounds. We’re hopeful the use of the artwork at the Bowen Big Mango Information Centre will be catalyst to spark conversation and educate our visitors on the health of the reef and the ways the local tourism industry is supporting this project, which is part of the Tourism Recovery Funding. 

The 15th March will see the Proserpine Main St transported back in time for the benefit passengers on the Viking Orion cruise ship. The Proserpine Chamber of Commerce has received lots of support from many individuals as well as community and interest groups. The Whitsunday Automotive Club who will display vintage cars and old automotive engines, Canegrowers and Queensland Sugar Limited will have a display outside their offices with information on the history of Sugarcane in Proserpine, the Proserpine Historical Museum will have volunteers speaking about the art deco buildings and the history of Proserpine, the ladies of the Patch and Quilting Club and the Mens Shed are setting up displays and working from the Main Street showing off their many talents and wares, many of the churches are also getting involved. There will be Aboriginal Art available, a Bush Poet reciting some Australian Bush classics and more. To get visitors appreciating the heritage of Proserpine, buses will have ex cane farmers on-board to share the history ahead of the arrival into Proserpine. Make sure you head into Proserpine on the 15th March! 

For the latest update from Whitsunday Regional Council on the Airlie Beach Foreshore Redevelopment please click here
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This fortnight we would like to welcome to the Tourism Whitsunday family our newest members: 
  • Whitsunday Gold
  • Bowen Chamber of Commerce
  • Bowen Turf Club
  • Whitsunday Cruisin Car Club
  • Connole Carlisle
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.  
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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.

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:
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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