Local attractions snag a swag of tourism accolades
TOURISTS in the far north can’t get enough of our crocs with Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures winning the Major Tourist Attraction Award at the Tropical North Queensland Awards on Monday night in Cairns.
This is the second time the ecotourism accredited attraction has won this award for North Queensland after winning in 2009.
Marketing director Angela Freeman said that the award is great for the Port Douglas region as it highlights attractions in the far North.
“It was fantastic to win this award because it shows that attractions up in the point end of Queensland can also have a major attraction. This puts the northern end of the TNQ on the map and shows we can match other attractions that are closer to Cairns,” she said.
“We are very pleased for all the staff here, they are excelling at what they do and it’s a compliment to them for all the hard work they put in.”
A number of other attractions in the region were also recognised and awarded for their outstanding services to the tourism industry.
Daintree’s world class interpretive facility the Daintree Discovery Centre took home two awards on the night, the Tourism Attraction Award and the Ecotourism Award for the second time.
Owners of the Daintree Discovery Centre Ron and Pam Birkett were thrilled with the awards and commented on the outstanding performance of their staff.
“After being admitted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, winning the Ecotourism Award again was particularly sweet,” Mrs Birkett said.
“Our staff members at the Centre are doing outstanding work with the James Cook University, particularly with the rainforest research into Carbon offset.”
The Discovery Centre is a multiaward winning facility nestled in the heart of the Daintree rainforest that has won an extraordinary number of awards for Tourism, Training, Business and Ecotourism.
“We are the architects and our staff are the engineers in this business and if you talk to any of them it is very clear to see that they are extremely helpful, friendly and are dedicated to their job which makes this business successful,” Mr Birkett said.
Daintree’s Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours were highlighted as the best ’adventure’ in the far north and won the Adventure Tourism Award.
The Daintree Marketing Co- operative and Manager of Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours Sheena Walshaw was thrilled to have won the award and said adventures is what they serve best.
“People come to us because they want to have a little bit of an adventure when they stay up at the Daintree or in the region and they usually want to try something a little out of their comfort zone. So Jungle Surfing is the perfect adventure activity for them and we are very happy to have won this award,” she said.
While the Daintree has proven to be an iconic wonder for tourists, not much can beat the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Calypso Reef Charters won the Judges Commendation Adventure Tourism Award on the night.
Marketing Manager of Calypso Jessica Coleman said that the award was greatly appreciated by all the Calypso staff.
“We really appreciate the recognition from the tourism industry for all the hard work that we do and we are very impressed with the staff that always put in 100 per cent performance in each day,” she said.
“It’s really good to see the industry get together to recognise the people who make such strong contributions to the region in light of the difficult times local tourism have faced in the last two years.”
Owner of the Australian Muster Experience Gorden Pringle is also very pleased to have won the New Tourism Development Award.
“We are very proud and grateful to have won this award. It has been a long hard road for local tourism and to be recognised is a huge accomplishment. We have done many special events and shows this year and are in the process of doing many more,” he said.