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It is a bright new dawn for Tourism Whitsundays with the Whitsunday Regional Council announcing increased funding to $450,000 for the region’s peak tourism body at today’s 2016/17 Special Budget Meeting.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner was glowing in his praise of the support of the new council and their proactive approach to playing a collaborative role in driving the future growth of tourism in the region.
“Since becoming a stand-alone tourism body in April this year our networking functions have increased from 20-30 members attending to over 100 members at our most recent events which proves we are heading in the right direction with the support of industry,” Mr Turner said.
“Council has acknowledged the vital role of the tourism industry to our region by not only increasing their funding support but also allocating a quarantined pool of funding available for joint project investment with a strong focus on stimulating the towns of Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen,” he said.
Mr Turner said TW were passionate about growing tourism across the entire diverse Whitsunday region and will target events unique to those towns that will have broad tourism appeal.
“Some simple concepts for Proserpine we are already working towards include showcasing Peter Faust Dam as a hotspot for barramundi fishing and developing a free camp site and pop up information desk on site,” he said.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Tourism Whitsundays had workshopped a number of exciting ideas for Collinsville and Bowen with marketing of the Coalface Experience, developing fossicking trails, growing Farm Stay options, promotion of Bowen River Rodeo and establishing a Mango Festival as a Hero event for Bowen, as mooted by Bowen Tourism, high on the agenda.
“Council is excited to partner with Tourism Whitsunday to re-engage with industry stakeholders across the diverse Whitsunday region to develop action plans which will deliver results in the short and long term.
“As Mayor, I sit on the Tourism Whitsunday board and will have a hands-on role in developing strategic plans that will set the future vision for the tourism industry in our region,” he said.