WHITSUNDAY Business Tourism was showcased in all of its glory last week despite the dreary Sydney weather.
PCO’s, event planners and guests got the opportunity to speak with representatives from Sunsail, Hayman, Cruise Whitsunday, Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Hamilton Island, Maui Jim and FantaSea.
The Roadshow was moved from the end of the year to July to promote that winter is a beautiful time of year in the Whitsundays.
With an average temperature of 23 degrees and a year round water temperature of 25, this time of year has “perfect weather” said Tamara Piddock, Whitsundays Business Tourism business development manager.
During the event the Queensland operators spoke with BEN about new products and attractions that will be launched in the next 12 months for the MICE market.
Maui Jim, a sunglasses company originally from Hawaii, allows companies to have their logo placed on the sunglass case or lens cloth, which can be offered to their delegates as an incentive present when visiting a sunny destination.
“The Whitsundays is synonymous for sunshine” so its perfect for Maui Jim to offer gifts of sunglasses to delegates said Nick Maynard, Australian sales manager, corporate gifts.
“It’s a lot of fun and delegates get an interactive experience and a great personalised corporate gift.”
Sunsail also announced it will introduce flotillas to its fleet in 2013 and Cruise Whitsunday’s purchase of FantaSea will see more access to the islands.
Pictured from left are: Julie Ford & Carla Teixeira, Hamilton Island; Kevin Ross, Marine Tourism Holdings; Mark Windsor, Tui Marine and Tamara Pidcock, Whitsundays Business Events.