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December 2017

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The Lakeside caravan park team

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.

"We 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 tourism.

Kinnon & Co also received two awards for their accommodation as well as their commitment to providing an authentic cultural experience.

Goldfields Hotel in Forsyth took home the Best Outback Pub award while Boobook Ecotours took out the New Tourism Business award.

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 industry.

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.
Best Outback Pub: Goldfields Hotel.
Forsyth Young Achieverís Award: Jodi Leigh Fox, Kronosaurus Korner.
Caravan & Holiday Park: Lakeview Caravan Park.
Richmond Visitor Information and Services: Julia Creek Visitor and Information Centre
Destination Marketing: McKinlay Shire Council
New Tourism Business: BooBook Ecotours.
Hosted Accommodation: Cobbold Gorge Village.
Standard Accommodation: Kinnon & Co.
Tour & Transport Operator: Outback Aussie Tours.
Cultural Tourism: Kinnon & Co.
Festivals & Events: Mount Isa Rodeo.
Tourist Attraction: Kronosaurus Korner.
Major Tourist Attraction: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
Outback Mates Award: Daniel Walker, Camden Park Station.
Vince Evert Award: Bob 'Willow' Wilson.

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