CHRISTMAS PARTY: Chamber president Kevin Collins with guest speakers CEO Scott Waters and Paul Darrouzet.
CHRISTMAS PARTY: Chamber president Kevin Collins with guest speakers CEO Scott Waters and Paul Darrouzet.

Our chamber celebrates

THE Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce celebrated the end of the year with an evening of special guest speakers and festivities at the Palm House last week.

The chamber's Christmas party began with canapés and mingling, as members of the local business sector came together to socialise and hear Scott Waters, Chief Executive Officer of Whitsunday Regional Council and overseer of the Whitsunday Coast Airport projects and Paul Darrouzet, owner of Abell Point Marina, talk about their various experiences in business and the future of their projects.

Mr Waters had the opportunity to speak with Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce members 12 months prior to the event, when he addressed them about the possibility of direct Melbourne flights, something that came to fruition earlier this year.

"(So) it's really good to be back 12 months later to say we've had a record year so far, and are hoping for another busy year ahead," he said.

Mr Darrouzet spoke about the Abell Point Marina and his own experiences in business, "about my life before Airlie Beach, and what I see as the future for the tourism industry".

Chamber president Kevin Collins said Mr Darrouzet's keynote speech was one of the highlights of the night, providing a fascinating insight into his work in the mining industry, before coming to Airlie Beach.

Mr Darrouzet also spoke about his biomedical company, and its revolutionary home testing kits for flu, which have passed the first stage of testing in Australia, and are awaiting FDA approval in the United States.

"Paul Darrouzet was fascinating, he captivated the whole audience," Mr Collins said.

"After his speech, the conversation in the room was all about (him) and his achievements, and his vision for Airlie Beach and the tourism industry."


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