How To Support Local Businesses Through COVID-19 Lockdowns in the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, centre of town, Sailing Whitsunday

As South-East Queensland heads out of another three-day lockdown, local businesses in the Whitsunday Region are once again feeling the pressure. Over the last year, the Australian tourism industry has lost $82.9 billion, and local businesses in the Whitsundays have been at the forefront of these losses. 

Nevertheless, the community support that has shone through in these unprecedented times has been an invaluable step to the recovery of businesses all over the region. Indeed, we are so grateful to still be operating in this slice of paradise! While things like sharing a post on Instagram or grabbing a cafe coffee may seem small, such collective actions from the community have acted as a lifeline for local business owners.

Not only does nurturing community and supporting local feel fantastic, it also ensures that your favourite long-time Whitsunday businesses can continue to work their magic! So, if you are able, here are five small ways that you can support local businesses during the pandemic.

1. Plan your next trip

Lockdowns are riddled with uncertainty, and many travellers cancel or refrain from booking their next getaway in the Whitsundays. However, our tours have fantastic cancellation policies, and our team of agents will help you manage your holiday in line with any new restrictions. Similarly, all of our tours operate under comprehensive, onboard COVID safe plans. We’re here to both keep you safe and make your trip happen, so get in touch, and we’ll help you plan your seamless and flexible Whitsunday holiday… for whenever you can take it! Don’t hesitate to call our local travel experts for any updates, COVID questions or cancellation queries.

Whitsunday Blue Catamaran Sailing Whitsundays


2. Social media 

In a world of digital natives, social media is a fantastic medium for supporting your favourite Whitsunday businesses. Whether you’re liking, commenting on or sharing a post, or tagging us in an Instaworthy shot, every online interaction helps businesses sustain online presence when things get quiet. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for some inspiration for your next Whitsunday adventure... and don’t forget to tag us! 

Whitehaven Beach Instagram Shot


3. Leave a review

If you’ve had a good experience with a local business in the past, hop onto Google and leave them an outstanding review! Take a trip down memory lane, and tell others about your luxury, tropical sailing tour... you can even attach a photo! Review systems are becoming an ever-important part of businesses, and the families and locals that own them will definitely appreciate your help and feedback. 

Review the Whitsundays, Laptop in Island

4. Eat out locally

The Whitsundays and Airlie Beach are home to an array of funky and local restaurants, cafes and bars, some of which have been around for decades! The pandemic has impacted the hospitality industry direly, so head on down to your favourite spot for some fine-dining, waterfront cocktails, fresh seafood or just a coffee to show your support. Check out our favourite local spots to eat out, as well as the array of places open for takeaway

Whitsundays Best Places to Eat, Food, Airlie Beach


5. Stay COVID safe

And last but definitely not least, stay COVID safe! We’re all in this together, so follow all regulations in your area. Mask up when required, practice good hygiene, check-in to venues and stay home when asked. Remember to touch base with those around you during these unprecedented times and show support for local businesses when you can… we will get through this! Check out QLD Health updates here, and COVID safety in the Whitsundays here.

Whitehaven Beach Socially Distancing in the Whitsundays


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