Back in business

BACK in business. That is the catch cry of Whitsunday tourist operators as they look to Easter to help them in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Nearly all operators are back up and running with Club Med the only island still closed.

That is expected to reopen tomorrow. A national advertising campaign has been launched to allay any fears the travelling public held in relation to the region and avoid cancellations of Easter bookings. However Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer said the Easter period was still looking patchy across the tourism sector.

“We are hearing some reports of full bookings, and other reports of cancellations after the cyclone,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“We are sending out regular messages to potential holiday makers that we’re open and we have room for them to come and visit this Easter and throughout the school holidays.” Fantasea Adventure Cruising was one of the first tourism operators to resume business as normal. General Manager Michelle Rynne said it had been difficult and challenging, but Fantasea’s priority was always to resume operations as soon as possible.

“With the onset of Easter next week, it was critical that we were committed to having operations recommence as swiftly as possible, so as not to disrupt anyone’s holiday plans,” she said.

National Parks have started to reopen and Mr O’Reilly has praised the work of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews working overtime to ensure they were opened as quickly as possible.

“This is a huge clean up mission and crews are continuing to work every day with the aim of having the whole region restored ready for everyone to enjoy at Easter and for the upcoming school holidays,” he said.

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