Tourism awards honour
SEVERAL businesses, organisers and events from the Douglas region were recognised as the best in the business at the Tourism Tropical North Queensland Awards last Saturday night. The 14th annual TNQ awards saw Daintree Discovery Centre and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures inducted into the Hall of Fame while the Murday Family and Roy Gibson were awarded the Chairman’s Award for their dedication to the Mossman Gorge Centre. Other regional winners included the Peninsula Boutique Hotel for best deluxe accommodation, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree for tourism marketing, Events NQ for best festival or event for the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch and Bloomfield Lodge for best unique accommodation. Peninsula Boutique Hotel owners Phil and Sheryn Blundstone said they were “very honoured”. “I was exceptionally proud at the acknowledgement of the industry for validating the quality of the product we have meant so much to me, the service and hospitality we extend to our guests,” Sheryn said. Ms Blundstone said the secret behind their success is a combination of being a boutique hotel, marketing both domestically and internationally and the service their staff provide. “They’re passionate about what the do, whether it be maintenance, housekeeping, reception and the High Tide restaurant, it all comes together to create a great product,” she said. “It would never be achievable without the passion of our staff who are thrilled and because Phil and myself work with them at the hotel, that makes a big difference, we’re all involved together.” Executive director of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree Doug Ryan is also thrilled with their award and said they were recognised for initiatives identified in the organisation’s marketing strategy, including social media and online marketing, Discover Paradise magazine and a national shopping centre holiday campaign. “Receiving this award was only made possible by the great work of the team here at TPDD and I would also like to acknowledge the support the Cairns Regional Council extends to the tourism sector and our organisation as well as the support of our members,” he said. “We really put a lot of emphasis on developing our online presence and in 2011/2012 financial year the website increased visitation by 46 per cent.” The TNQ awards is all about celebrating and recognising the passion and commitment to tourism in this region and also the outstanding achievements of local businesses, organisations and individuals in the tourism industry.
AWARD WINNERS: Peninsula Boutique Hotel’s Jeremy Parer, Sheryn Blundstone and Phil Blundstone