Push for Oprah to visit us

WORLD famous American TV personality Oprah Winfrey is coming to Australia in December and if Tourism Whitsundays (TW) has its way, she may well be visiting some of our local hot spots.

TW has officially invited Oprah to visit the Whitsundays during her tour.

Chief Executive Officer Peter O'Reilly said the office had received plenty of excited phone calls from locals hoping Oprah would be visiting the Whitsundays on her trip and they were pushing to make it happen.

“This all started when Ben Southall (from the best job in the world campaign) was island caretaker based in the Whitsundays, and he invited her for a visit, so we are working with Tourism Queensland to get the Whitsundays on the itinerary,” he said.

A Hamilton Island spokesperson said it was a really exciting opportunity and the team was working with the relevant bodies to get Oprah to visit.Whitsunday Regional Council said it would also push for the Whitsundays spot on the itinerary.

Mayor Mike Brunker said the Whitsundays would offer Oprah a “real Australian experience”.

Tourism Whitsundays said it supported anyone who tried to get Oprah to the region.

Winfrey made the announcement during her show in Chicago on Tuesday.She plans to bring 300 audience members down under as part of her farewell series.

The tour, dubbed “Oprah's ultimate Australian adventure”, will see Oprah and her audience spend eight days and seven nights in Australia.

Her show will be broadcast from the Sydney Opera house and then she will visit Queensland.

A spokesman for Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said the details of the itinerary had not yet been confirmed but the Great Barrier Reef was named as one of the destinations.

He said Tourism Australia would be working with the famous TV personality to finalise the details in the next couple of weeks.

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