Rain check on dolphins

THE weather was beautiful, the dolphins were there, but where was Mr Lee?

Apparently Queensland Tourism officials cancelled the visit by Lee Kim Chew, influential travel writer and senior executive of Singapore's largest English language newspaper, the Straits Times.

Mr Lee's itinerary manager had allowed him and his wife three hours in Tin Can Bay to see the dolphins, as part of a Queensland tour.

As head of special projects for the newspaper's publisher, Singapore Press Holdings, Mr Lee edits the paper's travel supplements and was to write an article for publication on February 23.

His quarterly travel supplement reaches the paper's daily readership of 1.4 million.

But Les Dunstan of Barnacles Cafe at Norman Point said he had been contacted only on Wednesday night with the information that Mr Lee would not be there.

"Apparently they cancelled his visit because it's been raining," Mr Dunstan said.

"Imagine that," said one bystander who overheard the conversation. "Rain at a time like this, bang in the middle of the wet season."

Dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay is currently under review.

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