Friday, March 17, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Chamber Chat

Quiet season – what quiet season?

Visitation to the region is booming and businesses are reaping the benefits. Whilst increasing full and more frequent flights are bringing a steady stream of longer term visitors, 17 cruise ships in the last few weeks have inundated Airlie Beach with day trippers coming ashore and spending up big. The combination has resulted in a fantastic February trade for the many small businesses in Airlie who traditionally suffer a significant downturn at this time of year.

Red tape is something that smothers all businesses great and small and for more than a decade CCIQ has been gathering data to better understand the impacts of regulatory burden. The majority of businesses want to see red tape reduction as a priority across all levels of government.

Chambers across Queensland are encouraging businesses to complete CCIQ’s survey in order to produce representative data for their Red Tape report 2023. This report is presented to key government departments to influence change. Don’t just complain about red tape, google CCIQ red tape survey and complete the survey.

The chamber will hold an informal networking breakfast on Thursday, April 20 with a well-known business wellness coach invited and a couple of big announcements to make. In addition, we will be holding a significant panel event as part of small business month in May  – keep an eye out for more details, be great to see you there.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic from Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce.

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