Tourism Bowen takes four awards

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY TOURISM & BUSINESS AWARDS -

TOURISM Bowen romped home in this year’s Whit­sun­day Tourism and Business Awards, nab­bing four awards over the week­end.

The north­ern tourism body re­ceived the Fes­ti­vals and Events award for the Heli Taxi’s Su­per­boat Race, the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices award, the Des­ti­na­tion Mar­ket­ing award for ‘Man­goGate’, and the board mem­bers of Tourism Bowen re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion by a Vol­un­teer or Group of Vol­un­teers award.

Prob­a­bly bet­ter known as ‘The Big Mango’, Tourism Bowen pro­vides an in­valu­able ser­vice to trav­ellers pass­ing through the Whit­sun­days. Staffed by four full time em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers, the cen­tre is a friendly wel­com­ing stop off where tourists can gain knowl­edge­able in­for­ma­tion on our re­gion as well as some de­li­cious mango sor­bet.

Tourism Bowen’s Heli Taxi’s Su­per­boat Race was an un­par­al­leled suc­cess, at­tract­ing large crowds and crit­i­cal ac­claim from par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors and ‘Man­goGate’, where the Big Mango dis­ap­peared in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances, cap­tured head­lines around the world for days and de­liv­ered un­par­al­leled ex­po­sure to Bo- wen. Tourism Bowen CEO Paul McLaugh­lin said the hon­ours were ex­cel­lent news.

“It’s recog­ni­tion of all the hard work that the staff and the crew have put in over the years,” he said.

“This on the back of win­ning the best in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in Queens­land which we picked up a cou­ple of weeks ago.

“This is just more recog­ni­tion for Tourism Bowen and the work we do.”

In 2012 Bowen won Queens­land’s friendli­est town and Mr McLaugh­lin said the more re­cent awards showed what a lovely com­mu­nity Bowen was.

He thanked the staff and the vol­un­teer board and the vol­un­teers who worked in the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

“The awards are recog­ni­tion from out­side the re­gion...and this cer­tainly lets the wider Whit­sun­day re­gion know about Bowen and hope­fully it’ll re­sult in more peo­ple com­ing to visit our won­der­ful beaches and come to see what we have to of­fer.”

VIS­I­TOR IN­FOR­MA­TION SER­VICES: Tourism Bowen's Rae Ernst-Kelly, Christin Short and Paul McLaugh­lin with their Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices award.

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