Thursday, November 23, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Chamber Chat

As the clock ticks down to the end of year, businesses are charging ahead at capacity. Retail is strong, building experiencing the usual rush and hospitality has had a great few weeks with the Airlie Beach Music Festival, followed by schoolies bringing plenty of visitors. With an unexpected cruise ship visit last weekend, Airlie Beach was literally heaving with people!

Business preparation – Are you ready for the silly season? No matter what business you’re in, now is the time to prepare for the next few months. Regular staff may be away – Is your staffing mix right? Do you have a plan for stock and deliveries? Are you prepared for extreme weather events, disaster, or disruption? Always worth a rethink and review.  

It is also a time of closing off the calendar year. A time to say thanks to your team, customers, and our local community for their support.

Vision for the Whitsundays – What does the Whitsundays of the future looks like?

What are the current major drivers of change and points of resistance? What we need to do now to future proof tomorrow? We are tackling these questions in our Vision for the Whitsundays project. Formal submissions and the quick online survey must close 1 December.

Next events – See you at our final Pop Up Chamber for 2023 from 7:30am Wednesday 29 November in Proserpine. Come on down and meet the Chamber team, other business owners, and grab a coffee to start your day.

Please also join us for the ultimate end of year celebration for the Whitsundays business community – a joint Chamber and Tourism Whitsundays networking event from 6:00pm Thursday 30 November 2023 at the Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale.

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