Fraser Island Barges confirmed its position as one of the coast’s leading transport operators taking out the best ‘Transport Operator' category for the second year in a row and confirming its place as a 'Hall of Fame' entrant for 2013. This year Kingfisher Bay Resort entered the 'Event and Conference Services' category for the first time – taking out top honours.
According to David Hay, his resort team had worked hard to created a specialist conference venue, which complimented the island’s natural beauty and used the surrounds to full advantage - and he was suitably thrilled with the industry recognition.
"We work very closely with clients to custom-design recreational and partner programs and group activities - using the natural environmental elements to full effect," he said. "Fraser Island’s natural phenomena, like the annual whale migration, help stimulate ideas and creativity."
Mr Hay said he was enormously proud that after twenty years of operating, that Kingfisher Bay Resort remained at the forefront of the Fraser Coast Tourism Industry and congratulated all entrants and staff on a job well done, in another tough year for tourism.
“There is no doubt that both Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island are the jewels in the Fraser Coast’s crown and it is a real privilege to be able to share our island experiences with visitors to the region, and also to share our successes with our tourism peers."
“This year has been tough and the process of entering the awards allows us to engage our staff and allow them to see what we do well in our businesses and what we can do to improve.”
“Whether we won or not, these award nights provides an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and effort our team put in throughout the year,” he said.
“And with just under seven weeks until the Queensland Tourism Awards (Fraser Explorer Tours was a Finalist for the Major Tour and Transport Operator in 2011 and is vying for top honours this year), we’re hopeful we can repeat Friday night’s performance at state level."