Eco-lodge hop­ing to win Gold in awards

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Owner Rhys Kum­merow We aim to give guests a true taste of the Aus­tralian bush.

CHILDERS Eco-lodge is set to join five Bund­aberg re­gion tourism op­er­a­tors in com­pet­ing against the state’s best tourism busi­nesses.

This year’s an­nual Queens­land Tourism Awards will be hosted by the Queens­land Tourism Industry Coun­cil.

The hos­tel is in the run­ning for the Spe­cialised Tourism Ser­vices cat­e­gory and is one of 156 en­tries in the Queens­land Tourism Awards.

The 28-acre prop­erty of­fers a taste of the Aus­tralian coun­try­side with na­tive birdlife, farm an­i­mals, day trips and har­vest work to vis­it­ing back­pack­ers.

The pur­pose-built bud­get ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity’s man­age­ment team are hop­ing to back up last year’s Gold Award for New Tourism De­vel­op­ment.

Childers Eco-lodge is run by hus­band and wife team Vanessa and Rhys Kum­merow who hope en­ter­ing the Queens­land Tourism Awards will pro­vide fur­ther ex­po­sure for their al­ready boom­ing busi­ness.

“Our core busi­ness is in the niche ‘work­ing hos­tel’ sec­tor, which pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion and job place­ments for in­ter­na­tional back­pack­ers seek­ing work on lo­cal farms to qual­ify for a sec­ond year In­ter­na­tional Work­ing Hol­i­day Visa,” Mr Kum­merow said.

Tra­di­tional hos­tels are no­to­ri­ously de­void of tourism ser­vices, in build­ing a new and unique work­ing hos­tel prod­uct which of­fered trav­ellers ac­cess to su­pe­rior fa­cil­i­ties, ser­vices and ac­cess to lo­cal tourism ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We aim to give guests a true taste of the Aus­tralian bush and un­crowded beaches, whether they are in the area for a few days or a few months,” he said.

Mr Kum­merow said he recog­nised the long-term value and re­turn in en­ter­ing the industry’s recog­ni­tion pro­gram.

“The process of com­pil­ing and writ­ing a sub­mis­sion, com­bined with the judges’ site visit, are great for self-eval­u­a­tion of the busi­ness,” he said.

They aim to high­light the unique­ness and will hope­fully be re­warded through the Queens­land Tourism Awards pro­gram.

“If we were to be recog­nised as a leader in our industry and re­ceive the en­dorse­ment of our peers, this would give guests a greater sense of con­fi­dence in their de­ci­sion to visit the Childers re­gion and stay at Childers Eco-lodge,” he said.

QTIC chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said this year has yet again at­tracted the re­gion’s proud­est tourism op­er­a­tors, giv­ing the industry good rea­son to be pos­i­tive about the strength and fu­ture di­rec­tion of Queens­land’s tourism industry.

“This year’s Queens­land Tourism Awards have once again proven to be a cat­a­lyst for draw­ing out and pro­mot­ing ex­cel­lence within Bund­aberg’s tourism industry, giv­ing our judges a re­ally tough task of de­cid­ing be­tween our con­tenders in each cat­e­gory,” Mr Gschwind said.

The com­mon goal is en­sur­ing Queens­land main­tains its rep­u­ta­tion as Aus­tralia’s pre­mier tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Tourism in Queens­land con­trib­utes $23 bil­lion in ex­pen­di­ture to the econ­omy and em­ploys 241,000 peo­ple.

En­trants in this year’s Queens­land Tourism Awards range from as far afield as north­ern Queens­land near the North­ern Ter­ri­tory bor­der, through to off­shore op­er­a­tions lo­cated on Queens­land’s coastal is­lands.

The 30 Queens­land Tourism Awards cat­e­gories will be an­nounced on Fri­day, Novem­ber 13, in Bris­bane in front of an ex­pected 900 guests at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Queens­land’s Gold Award win­ners will gain au­to­matic en­try into the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards to be an­nounced in Mel­bourne on 5, Fe­bru­ary 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.queens­land­touris­ .


ECO-LODGE: Childers eco-lodge has been nom­i­nated in this year’s Spe­cialised Tourism Ser­vices award at the up­com­ing Queens­land Tourism Awards to be held on Novem­ber 13.

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