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Whale watching gets wi-fi for tourists to upload instantly

Hervey Bay whale watching.
Hervey Bay whale watching. Gary Crockett

WHALE watching on the Fraser Coast has entered the digital age, with the Hervey Bay whale watching fleet offering wi-fi to visitors on the boats.

Whale watchers will soon be able to post their favourite highlights of the whales, live to social media.

Hervey Bay's world renowned whale watch fleet is getting digitally savvy with a range of vessels offering the wireless technology to enhance the onboard experience for guests and increase exposure for the region.

Acting general manager for Tourism Fraser Coast Robbie Cornelius said fleet operators were being offered a subsidy from Tourism Fraser Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland to help meet the costs of converting to wi-fi.

"Over the past few years the use of social media has become the norm with the majority of the population owning a wi-fi device or smart phone,'' Mr Cornelius said.

"The wi-fi subsidy has been implemented in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, giving operators the ability to make their vessels wi-fi enabled and cover some of the data costs. 

"This is an exciting opportunity for Hervey Bay to create an even stronger competitive advantage over other regions with the bonus of achieving significant publicity  through social media channels."

Four boats have already taken advantage of the subsidy including Tasman Venture, Blue Dolphin, Spirit of Hervey Bay and Freedom Whale Watch.

Kate Ernst from Tasman Venture said onboard wi-fi would enhance the business and the region as a whole.

"Our aim is to encourage our customers to share their amazing experiences aboard the Tasman Venture with their social network friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like.

Topics:  hervey bay, tourism, whale watching



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