Pictured are Lakeview Caravan Park managers Lyn and Bob
Thomas, Beck Kuhl (tourism and marketing officer, Kronosaurus
Korner) and Richmond Shire Council mayor John Wharton.
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RICHMOND's Lakeview Caravan Park won top honours in the Outback
Queensland Tourism Awards caravan and holiday park category.
Managers Lyn and Bob Thomas, who have managed the park for only nine
months, said they were delighted to be selected for the gong.
are so proud of where we work and live and recognition of this award gives
us the opportunity to welcome more visitors to this fantastic area we call
home" they said.
Hundreds of tourism representatives assembled in Cloncurry to hear
Outback Queensland Tourism Association general manager Peter Homan say all
award winners had "gone above and beyond" to provide outstanding service.
Sixteen categories saw awards given to a range of Outback tourism
operators, supporters and government counterparts for their efforts over
the past year.
Mr Homan was pleased to see the Outback Queensland
tourism industry come together to celebrate each other's success.
"It was fantastic to meet with over 250 tourism representatives in
Cloncurry over the three days of the symposium and awards," he said.
"The winners of the tourism awards have gone above and beyond to
provide outstanding service to the Outback Queensland tourism industry and
deserve to be commended for their support."
McKinlay Shire Council
picked up two awards for its destination marketing and support for local
Kinnon & Co also received two awards for their
accommodation as well as their commitment to providing an authentic
Goldfields Hotel in Forsyth took home the Best
Outback Pub award while Boobook Ecotours took out the New Tourism Business
Three of the 16 categories focused on outstanding support
from Outback Queensland locals.
Jodi Leigh Fox from Kronosaurus
Korner was awarded the Young Achiever's Award for her contribution to the
The Outback Mates award went to Daniel Walker from Camden
Park Station for his exceptional customer service and willingness to go
that extra mile to support tourism in the outback.
The Vince Evert
Award was given to Bob Willow Wilson who is president, tour guide and
heart and soul of the Blackall Wool Scour.
Full list of winners:
Local Government Award for Tourism: McKinlay Shire Council.
Outback Pub: Goldfields Hotel.
Forsyth Young Achieverís Award: Jodi
Leigh Fox, Kronosaurus Korner.
Caravan & Holiday Park: Lakeview Caravan
Richmond Visitor Information and Services: Julia Creek Visitor and
Destination Marketing: McKinlay Shire Council
Tourism Business: BooBook Ecotours.
Hosted Accommodation: Cobbold Gorge
Standard Accommodation: Kinnon & Co.
Tour & Transport
Operator: Outback Aussie Tours.
Cultural Tourism: Kinnon & Co.
Festivals & Events: Mount Isa Rodeo.
Tourist Attraction: Kronosaurus
Major Tourist Attraction: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
Outback Mates Award: Daniel Walker, Camden Park Station.
Award: Bob 'Willow' Wilson.
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