Thursday, November 2, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Tourism Awards, Whitsunday Tourism Exchange And Speed Dating

With Rick Hamilton

October was filled with big events for us at Tourism Whitsundays. As you may have noticed in the two editions previous to this, we celebrated the Whitsundays Tourism Awards with two special features for our members in this paper.

Held on Friday 20th October, over 320 people came to celebrate the tourism and business industry awards at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC).

33 gold awards were presented with Ocean Rafting and BIG 4 adventure Whitsundays Resort the big winners with special mention to the Young Achiever recipient, James Unsworth, Bob Porter Awardee, Craig Turner and Business Legacy Achievement Award winner, Allan Milostic.

If you are looking at hosting an event, I recommend the PEC, it’s a fabulous venue and a real asset for our region.

Following directly on from the Awards, the Tourism Whitsunday team hosted over 30 domestic and international travel buyers at the Whitsundays Tourism Exchange which was held at the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal.

The opening event, hosted by Daydream Island Resort, began with a sunset cocktail event at Lovers Cove, which was followed by the Trade event on Tuesday where key buyers met with our industry in 30, 10 minute presentations.

Our latest tourism experience, the Whitsunday Explorer owned by the Explore group with 30 private cabins hosted the group with a magical sunset event. If you want to spoil that special one, I thoroughly recommend.

We’re now on the count down to Christmas school holidays via the Airlie Beach Music Festival, where we’re predicting we’ll see another year of outstanding visitation for the region.


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