Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tourism Central Australia Award Winner

From Phil Walcott at the Rainbow Connection, Alice Springs

Just wanted to let you know how honoured & delighted I was to be presented with the Industry Achiever Award at the annual Tourism Central Australia awards night here in Alice Springs on Friday night. TRC was nominated in one category and I was nominated in two. Being nominated in three categories was a huge honour in itself. That the award was presented by Jeff Huyben (GM Voyages Alice Springs Resort - a long-term GALTA member and proud supporter of the local gay & lesbian communities) was a tremendous added bonus. Thanks, Jeff.
Being somewhat overwhelmed by this honour, I forgot to mention in my acceptance the huge influence that the teams from Tourism NT, Territory Discoveries and Tourism Central Australia play. All three 'tiers of tourism' are filled with some tremendously talented & gifted professionals dedicated to bringing the 'experience' of Central Australia to our national and global visitors. The passion with which they undertake their roles is remarkable and they need to be recognised as industry achievers in their own right. My sincere thanks to all of you that contribute so significantly to the development and maintenance of the tourism industry in the NT. That the gay and lesbian tourism markets are recognised & encouraged so well in this jurisdiction is a significant achievement. The continuing growth of the GALTA presence & membership in the NT demonstrates the success of your support.
My congratulations to the other winners on the night ( Young Achiever - Jayde Scheidegger - Aurora Alice Springs, New Tourism Innovation - Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour, Primary Tourism Operator - Glen Helen Resort, Communitry Festivals & Events - Tattersalls Finke Desert Race and the coveted Barry Bcholtz Award for Excellence so deservedly won by Brendan Heenan - MacDonnell Range Holiday Park) as well as the other nominees in all categories. Together, we all bring a special influence to our part of the world. It is such an honour & privilege to be part of that.
 Congratulations Phil from Mark & Dee at Rainbow Tourism. 

If you always wanted to visit Alice Spring then check out the Northern Territory page for details and if you need any assistance please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

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