Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Funtastic Takes the Lead as US Troops Hit the High Seas

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Funtastic Takes the Lead as US Troops Hit the High Seas

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Byline: Trish Bowman


YOUR staff are world class and the best in their craft.

Your business is top notch which starts from the top and trickles down to every echelon. Rod and Ida are professional, but more importantly, ambassadors and stewards of the sea.

Hands down the greatest experience of our military and for most, our civilian lives.

Thank you for letting us take part in the exploration of your backyard playground around the Capricorn Coast and Keppel Islands, truly remarkable.

FUNTASTIC Cruises is going from strength to strength at the helm of new owner Carl Heales, who has taken the business and promoting the Capricorn Coast region to the next level.

Carl has hit the ground running, getting out and about talking to caravan park operators, hostel and hotel managers, working with Keppel Bay Marina and local businesses to promote the region he lovingly calls home.

The proactive tourism operator has recently been taking local business people on familiarisation trips on board Funtastic Cruises and encouraging people to explore their own backyard and it hasn't stopped there.

Identifying potential in the recent military operation Hamel, Carl wanted to make the most of the US Military exercise troops that have been based at Camp Rocky.

Carl said he noticed there weren't many of the troops around the Capricorn Coast area and wanted to change that.

"We made a few calls, showed our military contacts our product and it only took one trip with the troops and Funtastic Cruises started filling up as troops from the first cruise started spreading the word about how much fun they had," Carl said.

"They were an amazing group to work with, great ambassadors to their country, they love our lifestyle and the way we live it."

While Carl makes it sound easy, it was his impressive manner of working in partnership with other local businesses that made the Capricorn Coast the place to see for the visiting troops. …

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