The beautiful Whitsundays.
The beautiful Whitsundays. Marilena Signorini

What you need to know if you've booked Whitsunday holidays

IF you have booked a dream trip to the Whitsundays and surrounds for the school holidays, here's what you need to know as Cyclone Debbie threatens to rip the tourist destination apart.

Helloworld Maroochydore manager Michelle Fleet said the central Queensland coast and in particular the iconic Whitsunday Islands were an "extremely popular" choice of holiday destination for Sunshine Coast travellers.

Her advice was to sit tight and wait before making any decisions for the school holidays, which start on Friday.

"People should wait until we know the full extent of what Cyclone Debbie is going to do," she said.

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She has already had many customers contact her, wanting to change their airline bookings.

"Wholesalers' airlines cancellation won't generally be imposed on customers," Ms Fleet said.

"They are giving people the option to change."

Jetstar has advised customers who have flights booked to and from the region today can obtain "vouchers" to book alternative times.

However, at this stage, all other flights remain scheduled.

A Jetstar spokeswoman also advised there was no option to obtain a cash refund for those who were going to be unable to travel to the region at a later date.

Virgin has allowed people to also make changes to their flights if they were planning on flying into the affected areas tomorrow.

Ms Fleet said the resorts were "watching and waiting" as Cyclone Debbie approached.

"It's a wait and see," she said.

And as to whether the resorts would be in a position to open their doors for the thousands of tourists at one of the busiest times of the year was yet to be seen.

"It will depend on the damage to the resort," Ms Fleet said.

"Some resorts have still not opened after Cyclone Yasi went through the region."

She said customers who had booked their holiday destinations were being kept up-to-date with regular travel alerts via SMS or emails.

Those who were wanting to simply cancel their holidays because of the weather had better hope they have travel insurance.

"It is times like this you really need to have travel insurance," Ms Fleet said.

For as little as up to $10 a day, it is a really good investment if you have spent $5000 on a holiday."


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