Top gongs at awards

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

TWO of the Dou­glas re­gion’s ma­jor tourism at­trac­tions tri­umphed at the Queens­land Tourism Awards last Fri­day.

The Dain­tree Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre won the Steve Ir­win Award for Eco­tourism for the sec­ond time in four years.

Tree­top fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Jun­gle Surf­ing Canopy Tours were thrilled to win two awards on the night, for Ad­ven­ture Tourism and Tourist At­trac­tion and will rep­re­sent Queens­land at the Qan­tas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards in Perth in March next year.

Dain­tree Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing man­ager Shelley Grif­fiths said that the cen­tre is ex­celling at be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

“Tourism in this state is ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive so to be recog­nised for this award is a great achieve­ment,” she said.

“The Dain­tree Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre has pro­duced so many projects to help the en­vi­ron­ment such as the car­bon off­set project and the bio-se­ques­tra­tion pro­gram so it is re­ally nice to be recog­nised for this work.”

Jun­gle Surf­ing Canopy Tours man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sheena Wal­shaw was over­whelmed to win in two cat­e­gories.

“Ad­ven­ture is at the heart of Jun­gle Surf­ing as we take our cus­tomers up into our spec­tac­u­lar rain­for­est and lit­er­ally see them fly,” she said.

“That sense of ad­ven­ture im­mers­ing your­self in this amaz­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is what the inim­itable Dain­tree ex­pe­ri­ence is built on.

“And that’s re­flected in Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land ex­cit­ing new brand, ’Ad­ven­tur­ous by Na­ture’ which we’re thrilled to be part of.”

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