The Whitsundays has already gained a reputation for being one of the most coveted sailing destinations in the world. Another feature is going to be added to its status after the Airlie Beach has been named as the host port for the 2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Kate Jones, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, hoped that the major event would draw more than 4,000 visitors and add over $3 million to the local economy. According to her, the beach’s selection as the host port for that major tournament would boost the confidence of the locals and businesses after the devastating effect of the Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Airlie Beach will be the final stoppage for the Australian leg of the race. Twelve yachts along with their skippers, crew, and supporters will be there, and the organisers will welcome them with an event and regional rodeo.
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the legendary founder of the event, confirmed that the Clipper Race’s entire fleet would be in the Whitsundays in January 2018. He thought that the carnival would remind everyone that the region is open for business again.
Craig Turner, the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, welcomed the return of the carnival to the region. He considered it as a great opportunity to promote Whitsundays as a fantastic sailing destination and increase the local economy.
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Tourism Whitsundays will work with the Tourism and Events Queensland and Whitsunday Regional Council to organise the event successfully.
The race takes place in every two years. Twelve yachts participate in the contest and sails 40,000 nautical miles across the world. To know more about the Airlie Beach being the host, visit Tourism Whitsundays.