Awards laud lo­cals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

PORT Dou­glas- based Quick­sil­ver Group and Cape Tribu­la­tion’s Jun­gle Canopy Surf­ing picked up top hon­ours at the Qantas Tourism Awards in Syd­ney last week.

Quick­sil­ver won Sil­ver in the Ma­jor Tour and Trans­port Oper­a­tor cat­e­gory. It was a Sil­ver cat­e­gory win­ner at 2012 awards and was in­ducted into the hall of fame in 2008.

For Jun­gle Canopy Surf­ing also, win­ning awards is be­com­ing a habit.

In the Qantas awards it won a bonze medal for Ade­ven­ture Tourism.

Queens­land took home four gold, four sil­ver and three bronze awards. The win­ners were cho­sen from 200 na­tional award fi­nal­ists

Sheena Walshaw, manag­ing direc­tor, said ‘‘We were very proud to pick up a Bronze medal. It’s a huge achieve­ment up against some amaz­ing and di­verse prod­ucts from the other states, so we’re thrilled to be recog­nised. Jun­gle Surf­ing has al­ways strived for ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion, and ev­ery year we ask our­selves ‘what can we do bet­ter’?

‘‘That cul­ture of im­prove­ment is key to our on­go­ing suc­cess and en­ter­ing awards pro­grams where we hold our­selves up against the best of the best is a great way to keep us on our toes!

‘‘The other awards we won re­cently were the Queens­land Tourism Awards for Ad­ven­ture Tourism and Tourist At­trac­tions ( it was those awards that then gave us au­to­matic en­try into the Qantas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards, rep­re­sent­ing our state), plus closer to home we won the Trop­i­cal North Queens­land Tourism Award for Ad­ven­ture Tourism.

‘‘It was par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing this year to see so many busi­nesses from Trop­i­cal North Queens­land rep­re­sent­ing the state, and we were honoured to be there with our col­leagues from the Dain­tree Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre who were rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land in Eco­tourism and the Qantas Award for Sus­tain­able Tourism. To see the Dain­tree up there for four na­tional awards is quite re­mark­able.

Com­ment­ing on the awards, Quick­sil­ver manag­ing direc­tor Tony Baker said ‘‘re­ceiv­ing a Sil­ver award is fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion for all our staff and crew that work so hard to make sure we pro­vide the best ex­pe­ri­ences across our range of Great Bar­rier Reef tour­ing op­tions ev­ery day for our visi­tors. We are ex­tremely proud to be ac­knowl­edged for con­tri­bu­tion to tourism mar­ket­ing, con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to qual­ity cus­tomer ser­vice and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able prac­tices.’’

QTIC chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said the Queens­land tourism busi­nesses recog­nised at the Qantas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards had nu­mer­ous rea­sons to bask in the lime­light.

‘‘The Qantas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards are yet an­other op­por­tu­nity for Queens­land’s tourism busi­nesses to stand tall, cel­e­brate their achieve­ments and re­main pos­i­tive about the out­look of the in­dus­try,’’ Mr Gschwind said.

‘‘It has been a tough road trav­elled by some Queens­land tourism busi­nesses in the past few years fol­low­ing a se­ries of nat­u­ral weather dis­as­ters and eco­nomic chal­lenges.

‘‘How­ever, it’s now time to con­tinue the pos­i­tive mo­men­tum and work hard to achieve our goal of dou­bling overnight vis­i­tor ex­pen­di­ture to $30 bil­lion by 2020.

‘‘At a state level, the Queens­land Tourism Awards pro­vide busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als an op­por­tu­nity to high­light their con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal in­dus­try and raise the stan­dard of qual­ity tourism ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘From a na­tional level, the Qantas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards are con­fir­ma­tion for the own­ers and man­agers of those busi­nesses that they are tak­ing the right steps to­ward on­go­ing im­prove­ments to the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence in Queens­land and through­out Aus­tralia.’’

Tourism in Queens­land has far­reach­ing benefits for the state, in­clud­ing di­rectly con­tribut­ing $22 bil­lion to the econ­omy and em­ploy­ing 136,000 Queens­lan­ders (5.9 per cent of all em­ploy­ment in the state).

The Qantas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards recog­nise the ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion of tourism busi­nesses, ser­vice providers and in­di­vid­u­als.

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