Boo­book bags a top tourism ac­co­lade

The Western Star - - NEWS -

ROMA’S Boo­book has taken out a top ac­co­lade at this year’s Out­back Queens­land Tourism Awards held in Clon­curry at the week­end.

Boo­book is a eco­log­i­cal con­sul­tancy that ed­u­cates guests on con­ser­va­tion through a se­ries of tours to ar­eas of nat­u­ral splen­dour.

The com­pany’s fresh ap­proach to aware­ness was recog­nised at the tourism awards, with the group pick­ing up the best new tourism busi­ness of the year prize.

Boo­book busi­ness man­ager Meryl Ed­die said it was a pleas­ant sur­prise to have picked up the win.

“We were at the awards night din­ner and we had no idea be­fore­hand. They then an­nounced that we had won,” Ms Ed­die said.

“The cat­e­gory we won was for a new ad­ven­ture and we were lucky and proud to be named one of the win­ners.”

The awards din­ner was held at the end of a con­fer­ence, which al­lowed tourism op­er­a­tors and pro­mot­ers to meet, min­gle and share ideas.

“There was a day-and-a-half of con­fer­ence pro­ceed­ings be­fore the awards din­ner, and Clon­curry were great hosts. We man­aged to make a num­ber of tourism-re­lated stops on the way out,” Ms Ed­die said.

“We were also lucky enough to have Coun­cil­lor Puddy Chan­dler and Jus­tine Miller come too, they were up there rep­re­sent­ing Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil .”

Ms Ed­die hopes the award will help to in­crease the com­pa­nies cov­er­age.

“We’re con­tin­u­ing to de­velop tours and we are look­ing at bring­ing an­other few on­line soon,” Ms Ed­die said.

“We are now con­cen­trat­ing on our marketing and look­ing to in­crease our au­di­ence and what they know about us.

“We’re ecol­o­gists by trade, so it’s great to be able to take peo­ple out to the bush and show them some crit­ters they wouldn’t usu­ally see.”


We were at

awards night din­ner and we had no idea be­fore­hand. They then an­nounced that we had won this cat­e­gory.

— Meryl Ed­die


TOP AC­CO­LADE: Re­gional Tourism De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Jus­tine Miller Boo­book busi­ness man­ager Meryl Ed­die and Cr Puddy Chan­dler, via MRC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Team.

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