Amongst the turbulent news of tourism down turn in the Whitsunday locale, the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach are set to contribute more than ever 2011. Starting with the District 9550 conference at the end of April, over 600 Rotarians and partners will descend on Airlie Beach for a weekend of discussions, meetings and social functions. The District extends to far north Queensland, Northern Territory and even Timor. Early bookings suggest out of hours events including the Governer's dinner at Daydream island will be greatly attended, while just 23 people will get to dine with “Mao's Last Dancer” and key note speaker, Li Cunxin at Elaines on the Saturday night. Hotels and resorts signed to provide the conference accommodation have reported bookings that extend outside the weekend conference, confirming the importance of the event to bolstering inbound tourist numbers and their decision to make a true holiday from their Whitsunday visit.
Rotary are also seeking the return of the St Kilda Film Festival. Mooted for July a confirmed date is yet to be determined. In its inaugural visit during 2010, the event was hailed a success and offered a diverse range of independent short films to provide cultural value and social opportunity that is otherwise rarely seen in the region.
To cap a big year of events and tourism economy stimulus from Rotary is the Whitsunday Boat Show which shifts time of year to 10th and 11th of September. It will also be held at the new Port of Airlie marina complex. The new location and date places the fabulous weekend of boat and leisure into match with the closely located Whitsunday Fun Race on the Saturday. The Sunday of the show will include a seafood festival provided by signature local eatery Fish D'Vine.
Port of Airlie