Rain doesn't stop the smiles
WHITSUNDAY businesses were smiling in the rain on Friday, despite another week of bad weather.
It was all part of the official launch of the smile campaign to boost customer service in the region.
Boats headed out to the Reef and Whitehaven Beach decked out in smiles, Tourism Whitsundays staff greeted people with smiles at the Whitsunday Coast Airport and restaurants in Airlie's main street created smile meal specials for the day.
More than 100 businesses have joined the smile campaign and signed a charter to provide exceptional smiley service to all of their customers.
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said the Whitsundays had painted itself in smiles on Friday to celebrate the launch of the initiative.
“Record rainfall over the past week has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the Whitsundays people to welcome visitors and locals to their businesses with the best customer service in Australia,” he said.
“Visitors and locals can recognise businesses that have committed to Smile Whitsundays by their smile badges, official Smile Whitsundays logo in their window, and the customer service charter on display.
“It's been a hard start to the year for our local tourism industry and Smile Whitsundays is an initiative every single Whitsunday business can implement at no cost to assist our region to recovery.”
For more information on the campaign, including viewing the customer service charter visit www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/SmileWhitsundays