Op­er­a­tors’ hard work recog­nised

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

The Blue Dive and Choo Choo Ex­plorer crew at the TNQ Tourism In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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