Outback Queensland’s best in tourism
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.