Out­back Queens­land’s best in tourism

Western Times - - NEWS -

ROMA was the stage of choice for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion of Out­back Queens­land tourism.

The festivities kicked off on Thurs­day night when lo­cals and spe­cial guests from through­out the tourism re­gion net­worked over cham­pagne un­der the Big Rig.

On Fri­day a sym­po­sium was held where in­dus­try ex­perts shared tips, tricks and re­search with par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing talks on the fu­ture of vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres, the role of tech­nol­ogy in ru­ral tourism, and the rise of food fes­ti­vals.

On Fri­day night, guests en­joyed din­ner at the Roma Sa­le­yards be­fore they were sent off on var­i­ous famils on Satur­day.

Satur­day night was the night of nights, with all cor­ners of the out­back re­gion recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try.

Out­back Queens­land Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager Peter Ho­man said he was pleased to see in­dus­try mem­bers meet to sup­port the year’s hard work and suc­cess.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see over 170 peo­ple travel to Roma to cel­e­brate the in­dus­try over three days.”

Mara­noa coun­cil­lor Puddy Chan­dler, port­fo­lio chair­woman for tourism, said the re­gion was proud to host the three-day event.

“As part of Out­back Queens­land, we were hon­oured to host this year’s event and show ev­ery­one what the south­west has to of­fer,” she said.

Among the win­ners, the Qan­tas Mu­seum won the Ma­jor Tourist At­trac­tion and Quilpie Shire Coun­cil was recog­nised for its lo­cal gov­er­nance.

■ See pho­tos pages 13, 21-22.

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