The Whitsundays’ local tourism industry has bounced back from Cyclone Debbie and is leading the region’s recovery efforts.
Following the disaster, the Queensland and Australian Governments dedicated $10 million to a recovery package and jointly funded a $2 million marketing campaign to support the state’s tourism industry as it recoups.
Visiting the Whitsundays three months on from Cyclone Debbie, Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, said the government’s efforts “built on the momentum kick started by determined local operators”.
“It’s great to see that three months on, the Whitsundays is well and truly moving from recovery mode and beginning to flourish again,” O’Rourke said.
She noted Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry is vital to the economy, and having the Whitsundays back to its best is a priority.
“But we have to acknowledge there is still a lot of work to do with some businesses remaining closed and a great need to reinforcing the point that the Whitsundays is open for business and there is still no place like it,” she said.
The Government has worked to support small businesses — including tourism companies — impacted by Cyclone Debbie to apply for disaster funding and National Parks rangers have been “flat out” getting tourist hotspots back up and running.