In Review

The last fortnight has been one of great collaboration and success with the annual Whitsunday Tourism Awards being held on 20 October. We hosted 375 industry, key stakeholders and sponsors to the industry’s night of nights. It is important to recognise that in a massive show of support of the Whitsunday tourism industry, we had present every level of government and key stakeholder including the Minister for Tourism Industry Development, the Honourable Kate Jones, Federal Member George Christensen, State Member Jason Costigan, CEO Tourism and Events Queensland Leanne Coddington, Mayor Andrew Willcox, Councillors Jan Clifford and Ron Petterson, Whitsunday Regional Council CEO Barry Omundson, QTIC Deputy CEO Brett Kapernick, Department of Tourism General Manager Melanie Anderson, and Tourism Australia’s Industry Relations Manager Dominic Mehling. The night was certainly a night of celebration and reflection but also a night of hope, with so much positive discussion on what the next 12 months will bring to our beautiful destination from infrastructure investment and development. Congratulations to all those who not only won awards, but were recognised on the night. It is a huge process to go through entering awards and that alone should be recognised. Photos are available to purchase from the night by going to R Jean Photography. To read the full release, click here.

The Tourism Whitsundays Board and Platinum Members invited Leanne Coddington, CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland to meet and discuss key issues and priorities for the Whitsundays over the next six months on 19 October. This was a great opportunity and we thank Leanne for her time at the session. Key discussion topics included:

  • The current state of play in the Whitsundays and the next six months
  • Airline access, routes and scheduling needs
  • Opportunities for events in the Whitsundays 
  • The declining youth market
Also within the same week the region was host to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) AGM and Board meeting. This was a great opportunity to showcase the destination, how far we have come and the great things that are planned for the next 12 months. During the QTIC Board’s time here, the TW Board had the opportunity to discuss some key opportunities and challenges for the Whitsundays including the need for assistance to help push through some vital projects like the underwater sculptures in the GBR Marine Park, the skyway cable car, airline access and visitation.

We then hosted the consultation sessions for the redevelopment of Brand Whitsundays which is thanks to the partnership between Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism Whitsundays. We had over 120 attendees across Proserpine, Collinsville, Bowen and Airlie Beach where participants had the opportunity to delve into the DNA of the Whitsundays. These sessions are part two of an eight month project in redeveloping brand Whitsundays with the aim to deliver a new brand in quarter four of 2018-19.

Ending last week we held the Tourism Whitsundays Annual General Meeting at Club Croc where the 2017/18 Annual Report was accepted and the new board of directors were endorsed. This year there were 11 nominations for board positions which was fantastic to see, thank you to all those who nominated. The voting process was audited by the company’s auditors and over 120 votes were received which is a huge result. Congratulations to new board members Kim Thomas, General Manager of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort and Gary Kilby, General Manager of Cruise Whitsundays; along with re-elected board members Matt Boileau, General Manager Hotels for Hamilton Island and Jan Claxton, Owner Ocean Rafting. To read the full release click 

Congratulations to Bowen Tourism and Business (BTB) also who held their AGM last week and welcomed new board members to the board. Tourism Whitsundays sits on the BTB board which is a fantastic opportunity to ensure strong collaboration across the Whitsunday region and showcase of all corners.
There have been a number of famils in region over the past couple of weeks. Thanks to all those members who participated. Famils included:
  • The Connecting with Asia destination photo shoot
  • Eithad airlines UK trade famil
  • FTI touristic trade famil 
  • Voyageurs du Monde trade famil
  • Influencer sera J wright 
  • Mike Barrow Youth Famil
Finishing off this week, we are pleased to share that the 2018/19 Whitsunday Visitor Guides have arrived!! If you would like to collect a box of fresh visitor guides for your reception, transfer, restaurant or retail space, please just let us know. You can collect from the Tourism Whitsundays office at 1/5 Carlo Drive. To view the online version of the guide, click here.

This fortnight we would like to welcome to the Tourism Whitsunday family our newest members: 
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. 
  • Tourism Whitsunday and #GoBareboating are hosting Christmas lunches for the Australian Society of Travel Writers in December, if you are interested in contributing give away prizes and promoting your product to the Travel Writer attendees contact Aimee
  • Tourism Whitsundays are creating a “Crew Guide to Airlie Beach", an informative document for Cruise Ship staff to encourage them to disembark, if your business would like to offer an exclusive special offer to Cruise Ship Staff contact Natasha
  • Tourism and Events Queensland will be shining the spotlight on Queensland’s best tourism experiences in January 2019 when the first Best of Queensland Experiences are announced. Whilst the eligibility criterion has now been finalised, it is time for all members with an active ATDW listing to work on achieving and maintaining the minimum 80 points to be included in the program. See an example report here of how your business will be assessed, and for any further information please contact Haylee
  • Tourism Whitsundays will be sending out the latest in media story angles to our global travel writer network. silver, gold & platinum members please send through any product updates, what’s new, what’s coming, story angles & famil opportunities you’d like included to Kylie by 6 November.
  • Express your interest to be apart of the Queensland on Tour Greater China 2019. Read the prospectus here.
  • Express your interest to join Tourism Whitsundays on a dedicated Whitsundays stand at the upcoming 2019 Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershows
  • PR Famil Opportunity: Lee Mylne, UK Telegraph
  • Have you created your ATDW listing? A 12 month subscription has been included in your membership contact Haylee
  • Advertising Opportunity – Whitsunday Transit Bus Advertising - Christmas Holiday Edit
    Renew or enquire about the benefits of membership with Tourism Whitsundays - 2018/19 Membership Prospectus is now available contact the Haylee for more information. 

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:
  • Inspired Impact | Receive 10% off custom websites and reservation system setup and integration. Full website design and integration on the Room Manager Reservation system and Channel Manager. Full training and support provided. Prices start from $497. Contact Jasmine 
  • Compass Business Advisory | Eco Tourism Australia Certification
Proof of membership is required when purchasing the above products
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.
Team Spotlight

Name: Cherie Morel
Position: Administration Assistant
How long have you worked at Tourism Whitsundays: I’m in my third week.
In 20 words tell us about your role: I support the team in day to day operations and assist with marketing this beautiful region.
What are 3 words to describe Tourism Whitsundays: Fun, diverse and rewarding.
What do you like most about your role:The diversity of the role and the great team I get to work with.
How did you end up in the Whitsundays: I moved to Airlie Beach 5 years ago with my boyfriend and this is now home for us and our dog.

Money Money Money

Please find below information on grants and funding:  
  • Empowering Families Innovation Fund aims to generate ideas for new initiatives, programs or ways of working that will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe, well and connected to family, kin, culture and country.
  • The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between Whitsunday Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.
  • The Community Assistance Grant recognises the important role volunteer based organisations have in the region and how Council can best support their endeavours.
  • The Sport & Recreation Financial Support for Elite Athletes is available for all residents currently residing within the Whitsunday Regional Council Local Government Area.
  • The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), is available to increase the funding for your regional event.
  • Gambling Community Benefit Fund, allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.
  • The Current Grant Opportunity List contains all current Grant Opportunities (GOs) open for application. 
  • The Grants Hub, the award-winning grants directory and team that makes finding funding easy.
  • The National Australia Bank Foundation is a private charitable trust with a vision to support greater social innovation in how societal challenges are tackled. By providing financial grants and other valuable in-kind support, we see ourselves as an ‘enabler’ - enabling for-purpose organisations to incubate and scale new, innovative and sustainable ways of solving problems.
  • Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.
  • contains grant assistance and other support.
  • Regional Development Australia collates information on upcoming grants from government, corporate, philanthropic and private sectors.

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.

Careers in Tourism

Living in a small region, we want to ensure we keep the skills and knowledge local. If you have positions you would like to advertise, click here. 

For tips on applying for jobs in tourism, visit the website. 

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