It has been 10 years since the first group of Cruise Ship Volunteer Ambassadors gathered at Abell Point Marina to warmly welcome cruise ship passengers to Airlie Beach.

The 10 year anniversary will now be celebrated as part of the next Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WDML) networking night at Abell Point Marina on 20 November from 6pm-8pm.

Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Executive Director Jeff Aquilina said it was an important night to acknowledge the fantastic work done by the Cruise Ship Ambassadors.

“Over the past years, cruise ship arrivals have grown from around a dozen to over fifty in the Whitsundays and the cruise ship industry has become a sustainable pillar of our local tourism industry, injecting millions into the local economy,” Mr Aquilina said.

“With Australia taking on a strong position in facilitating cruise ship growth, the Whitsundays has gained a competitive edge through the successful inception of Australia’s first Cruise Ship Ambassador Program,” “Led by Judi Dunn, the Ambassadors go out of their way to ensure passengers feel welcome, have all the information they need, and are pointed in the right direction,” Mr Aquilina said.

“The feedback from both cruise ship passengers and cruise companies is that the personal welcome and information service for cruise ship passengers is a highlight that continues to make a lasting impression,”

“It is now time to celebrate the outstanding efforts of our Cruise Ship Ambassadors and I encourage everyone to join us on the night in congratulating the Ambassadors for their hard work and commitment to our region,” Mr Aquilina concluded.

The celebration will include a formal acknowledgement, the presentation of a plaque that will be installed at the Marina, food provided by Barcelona Tapas Bar and Restaurant and the opportunity to network with the Cruise Ship Ambassadors and industry.

The evening function is hosted by WMDL in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, Abell Point Marina and barcelona Tapas Bar and Restaurant.

To register, please contact WMDL on (07) 4948 5900.

Luke McCaul

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