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BIG 4 Ad­ven­ture Re­sort has taken out Bronze in the Car­a­van and Hol­i­day Parks cat­e­gory at the Na­tional Aus­tralian Tourism Awards, fol­low­ing their Gold win at the Queens­land Tourism Awards.

BIG 4 owner, Greg McKin­non said they were thrilled to have won the award and were proud to rep­re­sent the Whit­sun­days.

“We were the only Whit­sun­days prod­uct to at­tend the awards, hoep­fully next year more will join us,” he said.

Queens­land had some tough com­pe­ti­tion from New South Wales and Vic­to­ria, who dom­i­nated the Gold and Sil­ver awards.

“It’s a big re­ward too for the park and all our staff. We won this in 2012 and the ex­tra busi­ness it gave us re­ally boosted the park,” Mr McKin­non said.

While it’s a win for BIG 4, Mr McKin­non said it was also a win for the re­gion.

“This award will put us on the na­tional map. It shows that we’re lead­ing the tourism sec­tor,” he said.

The hard work isn’t all over yet, with the park plan­ning some up­grades soon.

“We still have some land that is free to de­velop, with room for 100 cab­ins and 60 pow­ered sites. We also have plans for a water­park, which will be the only one of its kind in Aus­tralia, and we’re hop­ing to have that com­pleted by Christ­mas this year,” Mr McKin­non said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr McKin­non, who has owned the busi­ness with his wife Naomi for 23 years, di­ver­si­fy­ing has been the key to it’s suc­cess.

“Our new con­fer­ence space caters to a whole new mar­ket. Last year we hosted a con­fer­ence for over 120 guests, who were all stay­ing in ac­com­mo­da­tion houses all over town. When we’re do­ing well, the whole town is do­ing well,” he said.

AWARD WIN­NING: BIG 4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort owner Greg McKin­non and the award.

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