Wednesday, June 19, 2024


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One-Millionth Visitor Welcomed By Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors

The Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors have been greeting cruise ship visitors as they arrive in Airlie Beach for the past 20 years, and last week marked a special milestone.

According to records, they have just welcomed their one-millionth visitor into Airlie Beach, a moment that was 20 years in the making and an amazing achievement.

Lyn Blanche, Coordinator of Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors said it’s a great feeling to have welcomed the one-millionth visitor and that its terrific for businesses in the area.

“We try to get the cruise ship passengers to engage with the local businesses and spend a bit of money in our area, that's what we want,” said Lyn.

As Coordinator, Lyn organises the group of volunteers that will greet the ship, and they work in a rotational roster.

All cruise ship ambassadors are volunteers, and welcome holiday makers into Airlie Beach.

“We welcome them to the area, we've got some little maps that we give out, so they know where they're going,” explained Lyn.

“We chat about what they want to do, many of them have got an idea already of what they would like to do, so we can point them in the right direction.

“Others just say, well, we don't know what we want to do, so tell us what we can do and we try and fit something around they what they might like.”

Lyn added that “We get fantastic support from the Whitsunday Regional Council, and from Tourism Whitsundays”.

“We couldn't do this without them!”

Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Whitsundays, Rick Hamilton said this is an extraordinary achievement.

“Welcoming 1 million visitors to Airlie Beach is a truly remarkable milestone for our Cruise Ship Ambassadors,” said Rick.

“These passionate volunteers help to create an unforgettable experience for every single person who steps ashore, leaving a lasting impression of the region.

“Their efforts help to make Airlie Beach such a special destination, and we are incredibly grateful for their service, today and every day."

Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors, Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

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