Tourism operators vie for top gongs
TWO Whitsunday tourism operators will represent the region at the highest possible level on Friday (March 6).
Red Cat Adventures and Cumberland Charter Yachts will be competing against operators from all over the country at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, on the banks of Lake Burly Griffin, in Canberra.
Having won gold awards at the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards, in November, both operators automatically go through to national level to represent their region in the same categories.
Red Cat Adventures won two golds in the Major Tour and Transport Operators category and the Adventure Tourism category, at state level, while Cumberland Charter Yachts won gold for Unique Accommodation.
Red Cat Adventures is no stranger to awards, having won a swag of gold and silver awards in the Whitsundays and Queensland tourism awards over the past few years, culminating in winning the gold last year at national level for Major Tour and Transport Operator.
Red Cat Adventures co-owner Julie Telford said they were ‘honoured, privileged and excited’ to be attending the Australian Tourism Awards.
“We get the chance to hold onto our current gold for Major Tour and Transport Operator, and we won gold at state level, in Adventure Tourism, so we’re up for two gold awards again this year,” Mrs Telford said.
“The award reassures and enthuses our customers, and this inspires increased sales. We value the recognition from industry peers and love being able to thank our staff for their hard work as they get recognised for being the best.
“Obviously, we know they’re amazing, but to be the best in Queensland and Australia - that’s certainly something to be proud of.”
Cumberland Charter Yachts, meanwhile, are thrilled to be attending the Australian Tourism Awards, with general manager Sharon McNally and managing director Charlie Preen attending the prestigious event.
“To be considered the best in your state is an honour, to be representing the Whitsundays and Queensland in front of the whole country is overwhelming and very exciting,” Mrs McNally said.
“A lot of hard work and effort goes into the award submission process. It makes you evaluate your business across various aspects and is a great way to ensure we are constantly striving to offer our guests the ultimate holiday experience.
“We’d also like to acknowledge and thank our boat owners. Without their trust in us to look after their investments we wouldn’t have such a wonderful product to offer our guests.”
The multi award-winning Cumberland Charter Yachts has been operating for 30 years and has 26 vessels. It will be up against six finalists from all over Australia for the Unique Accommodation gong.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler said to be able to go down to Canberra and support the region’s industry at the event was a privilege.
“We’re thrilled to have the Whitsundays represented at a national level - we are a world-class destination with world-class operators,” Mrs Wheeler said.
“I wish our operators the very best of luck at the awards and look forward to celebrating their wins.”