Whitsundays Business Events has recorded a significant growth in event opportunities for the region from July to December 2013.

The half-yearly report tabled at a recent meeting with partners of the Whitsundays showed the convention bureau has distributed leads with a value of more than $5 million for events to be held in the remainder of 2014 and 2015.

Whitsundays Business Events manager, Leanne Zeid, said she was overwhelmed by the growing interest from business event organisers in the Whitsundays region as a conference and incentive destination.

“The amount of event opportunities that the bureau is working on has doubled in the current financial year. This can be attributed to significant developments happening within our region, both within island resorts and the Whitsunday Coast and the increase in flight access to our region,” she said.

“The refurbishments that are currently underway in the Whitsundays are truly exciting and will deliver world-class facilities and services for business event organisers and participants across our region. On the Whitsunday Coast, Airlie Beach is growing as a conference destination with a new multi-purpose event centre, The Palm House, opening in July and we will also see the official opening of One&Only Hayman Island in July.

“Over the past six months, air access to the Whitsundays has significantly increased with new direct services between Melbourne and Hamilton Island, Sydney and Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and the re-introduction of Qantas services between Sydney and Hamilton Island.”

Pictured is the all-new one bedroom pool access suites coming online soon at One&Only Hayman Island.