Tourism awards hon­our

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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

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