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By Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Allan Milostic

AS THE clock ticks down to the end of the year, businesses are charging ahead at capacity.

Retail is strong, building experiencing the usual rush, and hospitality has had a great few weeks with the Airlie Beach Music Festival, followed by schoolies bringing plenty of visitors.

With an unexpected cruise ship visit last weekend, Airlie Beach was literally heaving with people!

Business preparation – are you ready for the silly season?

No matter what business you’re in, now is the time to prepare for the next few months.

Regular staff may be away – is your staffing mix right? Do you have a plan for stock and deliveries?

Are you prepared for extreme weather events, disaster, or disruption? Always worth a rethink and review.  

It is also a time of closing off the calendar year. A time to say thanks to your team, customers, and the local community for its support.

Vision for the Whitsundays – what does the Whitsundays of the future look like?

What are the current major drivers of change and points of resistance? What do we need to do now, to future proof tomorrow?

We are tackling these questions in our ‘Vision for the Whitsundays’ project. Formal submissions and the quick online survey must close December 1, 2023.

Next events – see you at our final Pop-up Chamber for 2023 from 7.30am, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in Proserpine.

Come on down and meet the chamber team, other business owners, and grab a coffee to start your day.

Please also join us for the ultimate end-of-year celebration for the Whitsundays business community – a joint chamber and Tourism Whitsundays networking event, from 6pm, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale.

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