ATEC Discovers "Mission Possible" on Dunk Island
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 15:53
Around 40 inbound tour operators from down South joined 50 local tourism suppliers in the annual ATEC Inbound Up North trade event which was held this week at Mission Beach and Dunk Island. The event's Mission Possible theme saw the group undertake a raft of activities to uncover the charms of the region ranging from reef trips and white water rafting to sipping cocktails at the final dinner beachside at Dunk Island Resort.
Chair of the NQ ATEC Committee, Mr Paolo Gambino, said the ATEC program had been an excellent opportunity for all of the Cassowary Coast tourism businesses to shine.
“Mission Beach and Dunk Island have really put on their best to showcase the wonders of this region over a three day program. We had the weather on our side and the delegates enjoyed three perfect ‘brochure days’.
The delegates are pictured at Dunk Island Resort on the final evening of the event - a poolside party at Dunk’s Cascade Pool. Hideaway Resorts’ chairman Rupert Greenhough, who hosted the finale on Dunk Island together with David Henry, General Manager and Claudia McFadden, Hideaway Resort’’s Director of Sales, said the ATEC event provided valuable exposure for Dunk Island at a key time in the island’s development.
“With Dunk having been recognised in October in the prestigious World Travel Awards as Australasia’s Leading Family Resort, we were excited to have been able to share with so many of our partners what we have been able to achieve so far with their support“ said Rupert.
“When we acquired the property we felt it was missing something – the love and personal care and attention, it needs and deserves.
Bringing David Henry back home to Dunk earlier this year after a more than 4 year break has seen a re-invigoration of the resort, both in terms of physical presentation, but also more importantly in staff culture and engagement with guests.
“The exciting part for us is that this is just the start -we are about to undertake a $10 million refurbishment program on Dunk Island and Bedarra Islands. We’re looking forward to welcoming delegates and their clients back again before too long!” he said.
Dunk Island and the entire region banded together to showcase the best the Cassowary Coast has to offer with the aim to increase exposure to inbound tourism and with the hope to be able to welcome increasing numbers of international visitors.