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16 Apr 2018

Mackay Region Showcased to the World

The Mackay Region will be displayed to the world this week as delegates from Mackay Tourism attend the 2018 Australian Tourism Exchange in Adelaide. The Australian Tourism Exchange is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event.

 

20 March 2018

Sunrise to Showcase The Mackay Region

Mackay Tourism is thrilled to announce Cape Hillsborough will host the weather segments of popular Channel 7 breakfast program Sunrise, on Wednesday 21 March.

 

16 March 2018

A National Voice for Mackay Tourism Operators

Mackay Tourism Director, and Owner of Comfort Resort Blue Pacific Mr Nick uit den Bogaard has been elected as a Member of the Accommodation Association of Queensland State Advisory Board giving a stronger voice to tourism operators across The Mackay Region.

 

14 March 2018

Tourism Booming in Mackay

The Mackay Region is continuing to establish itself as a premier holiday destination according to data released by Tourism & Events Queensland showing record increases in visitation to the region.

 

5 March 2018

Fishing Champion Visiting the Region

Mackay Tourism is pleased to welcome 3-time Australian Fishing Champion (AFC) title winner Dean Silvester to experience the premier fishing destination that is the Mackay Region.

 

26 February 2018

Special Deals to Lure Visitors North this Winter

Mackay Tourism is today launching a new marketing campaign aimed at enticing visitors to escape the cold this winter and relax in the tropical paradise of The Mackay Region.

 

22 February 2018

Sarina Icon to Shine at Australian Tourism Awards

An icon of Sarina and the Mackay Region, the Sarina Sugar Shed, will be hoping its third time lucky in its quest for gold at Friday nights Australian Tourism Awards.

 

9 February 2018

Get involved in tourism today

Mackay tourism is looking for young people to help showcase The Mackay Region tourism industry by becoming volunteer ambassadors to assist with the new mobile Visitor Information Centre trailer.

 

5 February 2018

Local business woman making waves in Queensland and abroad

Local Mackay business woman Luana Royle has been nominated for 100 Faces of Small Business, as part of the Queensland Small Business Week 2018 Celebrations. 

 

2 February 2018

Visitor Guide creates inspiration for out-of-towners

Mackay Tourism, with the help of local tourism operators, has published its latest Mackay Region Visitor Guide, to inspire visitors to consider The Mackay Region as their next holiday destination. 

 

1 February 2018

Barra season brings anglers out in force

 Mackay will join other Queensland coastal regions in celebrating the start of the barramundi season tomorrow, which runs from midday 1 February to midday 1 November. 

  

22 January 2018

Mackay named Australian Town of the Year by leading online travel platform

 With Australia Day around the corner, leading online travel site Wotif.com has today revealed that Mackay has won Top  Australian Town of the Year 2018. The awards unearth the ‘must-see’ local towns across the nation in 2018.

 

4 January 2018

What does 2018 hold for the tourism industry? 

Mackay Tourism Board Chair Rob Porter and Deputy Chair Kelly Fulcher talk about what they would like to see for the tourism industry in 2018. 

 

22 December 2017

Tourist Centre thanks long-serving volunteer

Long-serving volunteer Hazel Weeks has retired from her role at Mackay Tourism’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) today after 14 years. 

 

21 December 2017

Donations from tourism centre go to those in need

Mackay Tourism’s Visitor Information Centre has donated a large box of non-perishable items, toys and Christmas gifts to the Salvation Army, for those who require assistance this Christmas. 

 

20 December 2017

Record high visitor numbers as business confidence grows

The Mackay Region has recorded its highest number of visitors to the region, in the July to September 2017 quarter, with 908,000 domestic visitors.  

Business visitation has grown by a massive 30.6% to 481,000, likely due to cyclone recovery efforts and renewed confidence in the mining sector.

 

19 December 2017

Visitor Centre offers National Park permits

Planning on camping these summer holidays?

The Mackay Visitor Information Centre now offers an over-the-counter booking service for those wanting to get a National Park permit. 

 

12 December 2017

International tourism hits seven year high

The Mackay tourism industry is on a high, with international visitor numbers hitting 50,000 for the first time since 2010. It’s also celebrating four quarters of consistent growth throughout 2017.

 

30 November 2017

5-year plan cemented for tourism industry

Mackay Tourism Ltd (MTL) will implement a new Mackay Isaac Destination Tourism Plan (DTP) to provide the framework and strategic direction for the industry to achieve its targets and goals over the next five years. 
 
 

13 November 2017

QTIC Media Release: Mackay shines at Queensland Tourism Awards

Mackay tourism operators have taken out 5 accolades at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, which celebrate the dedicated individuals and successful operators of the state’s $25 billion tourism industry. 

 

9 November 2017

Top tourism operators on show in Queensland

Five Mackay Region tourism operators will represent the region at the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC). 

 

24 October 2017

Volunteers add value to Mackay Tourism

Mackay Tourism is on the search for passionate volunteer ambassadors to help run the Visitor Information Centre.  

 

20 October 2017

AGM signifies turning point for tourism

Mackay Tourism’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) reconfirmed the strength of tourism in The Mackay Region, and highlighted an ongoing confidence from key stakeholders. 

 

13 October 2017

Vote Mackay for Top Destinations in Australia 

Mackay could be one of the Top 10 Australian Destinations to Experience in 2017 with the help of support from locals. 

 

11 October 2017

Sub-committee to drive Mechanos success in 2018

Passionate event organisers and volunteers are being recruited for a Mechanos sub-committee, to ensure the longevity and success of the event in future years.

 

2 October 2017

Top anglers launch Australian Fishing Championships in Mackay

Fishing Guru Steve “Starlo” Starling has introduced Australia’s finest tournament anglers at the launch of the Australian Fishing Championships XIV in Mackay. 

 

27 September 2017

Itinerary suggests plenty for families to do in Mackay

Mackay Tourism has developed a new itinerary for families focusing on 48 hours of fun in The Mackay Region. 

The itinerary was developed as part of the month-long Summer Campaign which is targeting older families* in the four-hour drive market and South East Queensland. 

 

26 September 2017

Fishing giveaways and holiday fun in preparation for championship launch

Enjoy the last day of the school holidays and score some free fishing giveaways at the Australian Fishing Championships XIV launch, held Monday, 2 October at the Mackay Marina Village. 

 

20 September 2017

Tourism scores record high for domestic visitation in Mackay

New statistics released today has seen record highs and three quarters of growth for domestic visitation in The Mackay Region.

 

18 September 2017

Sun shines on Mackay Tourism's new holiday campaign

Mackay Tourism will focus on one of its most popular domestic tourist markets in an upcoming campaign to drive more visitors to the region for a summer holiday. 

 

16 September 2017

Top tourism businesses celebrated at Awards night

The Mackay Region’s tourism industry was celebrated at the 2017 Mackay Region Tourism Awards night at Magpies Sporting Club last night. 

 

7 September 2017

One week to go! Mackay Region Tourism Awards prep heats up

There is just one week to go until the top Mackay Region tourism operators are announced at the 2017 Mackay Region Tourism Awards. 

Preparation is heating up, with the announcement that 2017 My Kitchen Rules contestant, Della Whearty, will be MC for the night. Della will conduct a cooking session with chef Pasta Rita, using local produce from a variety of Mackay Region producers. 

 

6 September 2017

International visitation booming in The Mackay Region

The Mackay Region has recorded its third quarter of growth for international visitation, with both visitor numbers and holiday nights spent in region on the rise. 

 

4 September 2017

Tourism industry ready to celebrate

The tourism industry’s ‘night of nights’ is going ahead in 2017 thanks to the generous support of event sponsors.  The 2017 Mackay Region Tourism Awards will be held on Friday, 15 September at Magpies Sporting Club. 

 

29 August 2017

Eungella township set to come alive

Eungella National Park in The Mackay Region is set to come alive with the Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival, to be held for the first time, from 25 September to 1 October 2017.

 

28 August 2017

Get behind your favourite Mackay tourism product, win $5000 in travel

Six Mackay region tourism operators are in the running to take out a ‘RACQ People’s Choice’ Award at the Queensland Tourism Awards (#QTA17) this year, and they need local support to get them over the line.

 

22 August 2017

BBC in region to research platypus with local scuba dive company

Local scuba diving company Rainforest Scuba has recently hosted the world-famous BBC Channel to promote and educate audiences about the region’s local icon, the platypus for the new ‘Seven Worlds’ series. 

 

20 August 2017

Cherrie on top for #mymackay

Cherrie Hughes’ obvious love of The Mackay Region is what led her to enter Mackay Tourism’s #mymackay multimedia competition, and it’s also what won it for her.

 

9 August 2017

Last chance to see Mackay in national fishing highlights

The Australian Fishing Competition (AFC XIII) has cast The Mackay Region as a fishing hot spot with the competition being played out on television screens across the nation throughout July and August. 

 

4 August 2017

Mackay tourism industry set for injection from events

The tourism industry is ready for the next big injection of visitors to the region, thanks to some major events scheduled for August and September. 

 

3 August 2017

It's official - Cape Hillsborough #1 spot to wake up

While Mackay locals are already aware of how amazing sunrise at Cape Hillsborough can be, it appears the secret is out to travellers from all over the world. 

 

1 August 2017

Tourism Awards close Friday

The spotlight will soon be on the local tourism industry, with the 2017 Mackay Region Tourism Awards set to recognise outstanding achievements in tourism. 

 

31 July 2017

Star visitor experience a hook for longer holiday stays

Enjoying a sunrise with the wallabies and kangaroos on the beach at Cape Hillsborough has reached unprecedented interest from visitors to The Mackay Region and a concerted effort is being made to encourage them to stay longer off the back of this star visitor attraction.

 

28 July 2017

Last chance for idyllic island escape

Your chance to win the ultimate island escape is about to slip away like an ebbing tide from a sandy beach. 

 

24 July 2017

#MyMackay promotes local positivity

A simple hashtag is being used as a "pat on the back" for tourism businesses who go above and beyond. 

 

20 July 2017

Airport-Tourism partnership continues 

The strong partnership between Mackay Airport and Mackay Tourism Limited was officially endorsed today with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

 

30 June 2017

Competition calls for creativity

They've got the prizes, now they need your entries. Mackay Tourism has launched a multimedia competition where you can win by sharing your favourite #mymackay experience - in any way you choose. 

 

21 June 2017

Record breaking tourism numbers for Mackay

A record number of overnight domestic visitors in The Mackay Region is giving the local tourism industry a reason to smile. 

 

7 June 2017

International visitors flock to Mackay

More international visitors are putting The Mackay Region on their Australian holiday bucket list, with increases in international visitor numbers continuing in 2017. 

 

26 May 2017

Mackay Tourism Ltd (MTL) successfully launched its new strategy and business plan to members of the tourism industry, stakeholders and Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson recently, highlighting the importance of tourism in the region. 

 

15 May 2017

Mackay's tourism industry showcased in Sydney

Six tourism operators from The Mackay Region will showcase their products and experiences to international and domestic wholesalers and retailers this week, at the annual Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE17) held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. 

 

5 May 2017

Heritage Walks back in 2017 to showcase Mackay's local history

The free Heritage Walk of Mackay guided tours are back for 2017, running twice per week from May to September. 

 

27 April 2017

The organisers of ColourDash 3000 are bursting at the seams for the May 7th event, with a host of fresh concepts and bright ideas designed to unite the community after Cyclone Debbie. 

 

26 April 2017

A variety of locations in The Mackay Region have been used to promote Holden Australia’s new line of Commodore, Colorado and Ute ranges, depicting Mackay as the ultimate car lovers’ playground. 

 

13 April 2017

The Mackay Region's tourism industry is looking to benefit from upcoming long weekends as Queenslanders are encouraged to invest money into regional communities impacted by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie. 
 
 
 
5 April 2017
 

The Mackay Region has recorded an impressive increase in the number of domestic holiday visitors by 23 per cent, year ending December 2016. The annual growth has exceeded places like Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. 

 

3l March 2017

Mackay Tourism Ltd’s board members met today to discuss how the tourism industry can recover from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie and the record rainfall experienced in the region. 
 
 
 
25 March 2017
 
The organisers for the Colour Dash3000 event, which was to be held on Sunday, 26 March, 2017, have made the cautious decision to postpone the Colour Dash3000 due to weather conditions and expected high winds in excess of 90km/hour on Sunday. 
 
 
15 March 2017
 

New statistics have shown an increase in the number of international visitors to The Mackay Region, which could have a flow-on effect to other industries.  

 
28 February 2017
 

The Sarina Sugar Shed and Ibis Mackay have been named alongside some of the country’s top tourism operators at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. 

 

21 February 2017
 

The Sarina Sugar Shed and Ibis Mackay will put the Mackay region on the map at the upcoming 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday (24 February) in Darwin. 

 

 

Accommodation providers, venues and the local Mackay community are preparing to welcome visitors to the region over the last weekend of January to celebrate all things green and gold.

 

 

Mackay Tourism Ltd is hitting the road to reach more people with its newly launched mobile Visitor Information Centre.

 

8 December 2016
 

The appeal of waking up to sunrise and being welcomed by a troop of kangaroos on the beach has secured Cape Hillsborough as one of Australia’s best beaches. 

 

30 November 2016
 

Mackay Tourism Ltd (MTL) has recently welcomed some fresh faces to its Board of Directors, with Mackay Airport’s Rob Porter taking on the role of Chairperson/Director. 

 

10 November 2016
 

All eyes were on Mackay and the Whitsundays this week as the best national and international anglers converged on the region for the 2016 Australian Fishing Competition (AFC) Series. 

 

8 November 2016
 

Five tourism operators will represent The Mackay Region in the State’s capital this Friday, 11 November at the Queensland Tourism Awards. 

 

7 November 2016
 

The Mackay Region could be on the bucket list of millions of travellers who are looking for the best regional destinations to visit in Australia, with 42 other amazing locations vying for the title. 

 

31 October 2016
 
Potters Oceanside Motel has been named the top-rated accommodation in The Mackay Region for the second consecutive year, by hotel price comparison site trivago. 
 
 
10 October 2016
 
TV personality and star of Fish’n with Mates, Al McGlashan, has spent three days scoping out the fishing scene in Mackay, and being looked after by local hospitality. 

 

7 October 2016
 

Mackay Airport is pleased to announce it has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mackay Tourism Limited which will see its strong support for the promotion of the region as a tourism destination continue over the next year. 

 

4 October 2016
 

Mackay Tourism Ltd (MTL) will showcase itself as a family-friendly holiday destination in its latest campaign, set to attract families within the four-hour drive market and beyond. 

 

8 September 2016 

Mackay will be the location for this year’s DestinationQ Forum, where tourism industry leaders and representatives will join together for Queensland’s largest annual tourism forum. 
 
 
 
31 August 2016
 

Does The Mackay Region boast some of the best beaches in Australia?

That’s the question Brad Farmer, author of Australia’s 101 Best Beaches, asked as he toured the region today (August 31), checking out a number of beaches and enjoying lunch at the Eimeo Pacific Hotel. 

 

9 August 2016
 

Some of Mackay’s most spectacular scenery has been put in the spotlight, thanks to Gold Coast photographer Jules Ingall, who was announced winner of the 2016 Choice Hotels Travel Grammer Competition. 

 

2 August 2016
 

An image of a wallaby in front of a beautiful sunrise at Cape Hillsborough Beach has taken the social media world by storm, being shared far and wide across the nation.

 

28 July 2016
 

The Mackay Marina will be the first Australian stop for an international fleet of 18 sailing boats, as part in the annual World ARC Rally. 

 

25 July 2016

Mackay will get the chance to see Mayor Cr Greg Williamson speed down the Pioneer River in an adrenalin-charged superboat, as organisers kick off promotions for the highly-anticipated 2016 Mackay Offshore Superboat Races. 

 

12 July 2016

Mackay Tourism Ltd (MTL) is seeking enthusiastic ambassadors to promote The Mackay Region and offer advice on the best things to do and see while visiting the area.