Flights start to Lady Elliot Island
FLIGHTS to Lady Elliot Island will commence tomorrow and are predicted to be of significant economic importance to the Gladstone region.
Gladstone Area and Promotion and Development Limited CEO Danial Rochford said the launch of the day trips to Lady Elliot was a coup to the area.
'The addition of day trips to Lady Elliot Island has made the Gladstone region the most diverse in terms of reef experiences in Queensland,' Mr Rochford said.
'One of the biggest challenges for us was to secure a day reef operator to our area.
"The Gladstone region now boasts five premier reef locations: Heron Island, Wilson Island, Lady Musgrave Island and Coral Lagoon, Fitzroy Reef and now Lady Elliot Island.
'Now a true reef adventure must start from the Gladstone region as we have more varied experiences for domestic and international tourists alike.'
Mr Rochford said GAPDL would be marketing Gladstone as the closest and best gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
He said the economic flow-ons would benefit not only other tourism operators but also local businesses and trades.
"Economically it will be extremely significant,'' Mr Rochford said.
One example of this was Curtis Ferries which now transported general supplies to Lady Elliot Island.
Seair Pacific managing director Peter Gash, also a partner in Lady Elliot Eco Resort, was in Gladstone yesterday for the launch.
Former ironman Grant Kenny, another partner in Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, was present for the launch.
'It's another example of a company taking advantage of Gladstone's strong growth,' Mr Rochford said.
The flights will begin tomorrow and return flights will operate once a day from Thursday to Monday.