Sunshine Coast helps out

Sunshine Coast helps out

‘The show must go on’.

That’s the word according to the organisers of the Panalitix Accountants’ Conference, who were in the final planning stages for the annual conference when Cyclone Debbie smashed into the Whitsundays making it impossible for Hamilton Island to host the 400-delegate event later this month.

Organisers informed delegates of the change of destination less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the event when, it became obvious that Hamilton Island wouldn’t be fully operational to cater for such a major conference.

The Sunshine Coast’s Novotel Twin Waters Resort and their events team stood up and organised function space, conference staging, an awards night and accommodation for the group.

The Novotel was already heavily booked, so the hotel’s team organised additional accommodation at the adjacent Sebel Twin Waters and nearby hotels to ensure the full conference group could be catered for. 

The conference will be held from 26 – 30 April, and will include the Panalitix Annual Achievement Awards (The PAC Awards). 

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, who also worked for Whitsunday Tourism for a number of years, says it was a great example of Queensland destinations helping each other out in a time of need.

‘I have been communicating with Craig Turner the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, and the good news is that the region is already working hard to get back on its feet and welcome visitors over the Easter holidays, but hosting a conference for 400 following the disruption of Cyclone Debbie was going to be far more difficult, so we were very happy to help out,’ he says.

‘What affects one part of Queensland affects us all and our thoughts are very much with all our tourism colleagues and their families in the Whitsundays,;

Photo – Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, venue for the relocated Panalitix Conference.

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