Operators’ hard work recognised
AFTER only three months of smooth sailing, Blue Dive (now known as Blue Adventures Group) and the Choo Choo Explorer’s sunset and stargazing cruise has made a mark on the tourism industry in Port Douglas.
The tourism operators were finalists in this year’s TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards for Innovation.
Mark Fraenkel of the Blue Adventures Group said innovation is what it’s all about.
“Tourism is in a state of change and I think the ‘same old’ doesn’t always work,” he said.
“That’s why we’re trying to innovate and try new things.
“We work really hard to put something new together and we’ve had significant success.”
Mr Fraenkel said the feedback from customers on TripAdvisor was positive.
The Blue Adventures Group runs laser guided star gazing tours and is the only boat-based star gazing tour in the Far North, aboard the Choo Choo Explorer.
The company is planning to expand to land-based tours in the Forever Wild Wetlands in Mareeba.
Mr Fraenkel said it was great to be recognised for a new direction in tourism.
“I’m incredibly proud, it’s nice to be rewarded for putting some imaginative work in,” he said.
“Working with John Morris has been a joy. He has ideas and we come together to discuss and that’s how we came up with this project.”
Mr Fraenkel highly commended all the staff involved, the Explorer’s skipper, Solomon Kingsmill, and astronomer Amy Groundwater for their hard work.
The Blue Dive and Choo Choo Explorer crew at the TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards.