Awards laud locals
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.