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ust a month or so into 2015,
Whitsundays Marketing and
Development business events
manager, Anne-Marie Coulton is
already excited at the year ahead for the region.
Ms Coulton said it was a real coup for
Hamilton Island to be hosting this year’s
Meetings & Events Australia national
conference (May 24-7), with the potential of
up to 600 business event trade and clients
Directly following the meeting, the
Whitsundays bureau will be running a famil,
giving delegates the opportunity to see more
of the region than simply Hamilton.
The destination also plays host to
Corroboree China in 2015. While it is
predominantly a famil program for travel
agents, there are reportedly many travel
agents in China who dabble in the business
event sector, Ms Coulton said.
If they’re lucky they may get to see and
experience the all-new One&Only Hayman
Island which underwent a multi-million dollar
revitalisation in 2014.
As part of the upgrade, rooms were
reduced from 209 to 160 to create additional
suite accommodation. The resort’s pool wing
was redeveloped with rooms on the upper
floors transformed into stylish one and two-
The adults only pool area is now
resplendent with day beds and cabanas, and
the entire resort has a fresh and stylish feel to
it. (Read more on page 22-3 of this edition.)
WHITSUNDAYS | BRAD FOSTER
In other Whitsundays news:
• Palm Bay is open for business! The
unexpected closure of BreakFree Long
Island and the cancellation of its ferry service
is not stopping Palm Bay Resort which is
keen to reassure clients and PCOs they are
open for business. Palm Bay is in the
process of purchasing its own vessel to provide transfers from Shute. All enquiries can be
directed to the resort on 0477 770 133 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
• Whitsunday Segway Tours is a great new product for events. Riders segway through the
spectacular Conway National Park rainforest along the Whitsunday Great Walk. Surrounded
by lush rainforest and flowing streams, experienced guides share interpretive commentary,
highlighting the local flora and fauna and points of interest during the 9km round journey.
• Whitsunday Jetski Tours is an exciting adventure tour operator offering guided jetski tours
from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. Guests enjoy the thrill of riding their own
jetski into the world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park on the morning ‘Airlie
Adventure’ or afternoon ‘Daydream Extreme’ tour. Both tours are ideally suited to groups
of up to 16 people.
• Ocean Rafting Whitsundays’ new vessel, Joyride, is due to arrive in February and will be
cruising the Whitsunday waters soon after, increasing Ocean Rafting’s existing fleet to five.
Joyride is a sister ship to Ocean Rafting’s largest 12 metre vessel, Thunderstruck, and will
carry up to 32 guests on daily adventures to Whitehaven Beach. With five vessels, Ocean
Rafting offers the perfect private charter option for groups of 10 -140 delegates wanting to
see as much of the Whitsundays as possible in one day!
• Hamilton Island is really excited to show off its new developments with the upcoming MEA
conference scheduled for May. Recent refurbishments include the Reef View Hotel foyer,
Beach Club, Endeavour Room, Conference Centre foyer and a new permanent bar and deck
at One Tree Hill - a perfect spot for sunset drinks.
• Coral Sea Resort is offering special mid-week conferencing rates from February - June 2015,
for all new bookings for that period.
• Palm House at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, opened at the end of 2014 and offers a
multi-faceted function space set amidst tropical gardens. From smaller breakout meeting areas,
multiple conference spaces, a large themed dinner with 170 sit-down or a conference and
cocktail party for up to 250 guests, it is one of the most versatile facilities in the Whitsundays. m
THE RESORT’S POOL WING WAS
REDEVELOPED WITH ROOMS ON
THE UPPER FLOORS
TRANSFORMED INTO STYLISH ONE
AND TWO BEDROOM SUITES.
Business is looking strong for the Whitsundays
in 2015 with plenty of new product.
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