During Outback Queensland Tourism’s night of nights, all corners of the outback were recognised for their contribution to the tourism industry across 15 categories and two separate awards.
Cobbold Gorge received two awards for their excellence as a tourist attraction and hosted accommodation.
Meanwhile winning-streaks formed with three operators taking home awards in the same category two years running, with the Goldfield Hotel picking up the Best Outback Pub, Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre receiving the Visitor Information and Services award, and Outback Aussie Tours taking home the Tour and Transport operator award.
General Manager of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, Peter Homan, was pleased to see the members of the Outback Queensland tourism industry come together to support each other’s hard work and success.
“It was fantastic to see over 170 people travel to Roma to celebrate the industry over the three days of the 2018 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards and Symposium.”
“The outback tourism industry is constantly growing and it’s important to recognise those who are positively contributing to the industry day in and day out during the year” Homan said.
Maranoa Regional Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism was excited to host this year’s Outback Queensland Awards and Symposium in Roma.
“The Maranoa region was extremely proud to host so many members of the tourism industry in Roma.”
“As part of Outback Queensland, we were honoured to host this year’s event and show everyone what the south-west has to offer” Cr Chandler said.
Despite not taking out top spot in the Festivals and Events category (awarded to Big Red Bash), the Mt Isa Rodeo was also given a special commendation.
Kronosaurus Korner Tourism Marketing Officer Becky Kuhl received the Young Achiever award, while the Managing Director of the Big Red Bash, Greg Donovan, picked up the Outback Mates Award.
The Vince Evert Award was given to Rod Low Mow, owner and operator of Adels Grove. Known for his favourite saying, ‘welcome to my backyard’, Rod’s passion for showing off Outback Queensland has grown stronger over the years, from being a member of the Savannah Guides to opening Adels Grove.
The 2018 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards Winners:
|Major Tourist Attraction||Qantas Museum|
|Tourist Attraction||Cobbold Gorge|
|Festivals and Events||Big Red Bash|
|Festivals and Events (special commendation)||Mt Isa Rodeo|
|Cultural Tourism||Outback Pioneers|
|Visitor Information & Services||Julia Creek VIC|
|Tour & Transport Operators||Outback Aussie Tours|
|Caravan & Holiday Parks||Adels Grove|
|Hosted Accommodation||Cobbold Village|
|Best Outback Pub||Goldfield Hotel|
|Contribution Volunteer/Group||Gail Wipaki|
|Young Achiever||Becky Kuhl|
|New Tourism Business||Waltzing Matilda Centre|
|Local Government||Quilpie Shire Council|
|Outback Mates Award||Greg Donovan|
|Vince Evert Award||Rod Low Mow|
For media information:
Peter Homan, General Manager,
Outback Queensland Tourism Association
0438 394 492