Peter Lynch, owner operator of Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, pictured with crew member Helen Robertson has won the Wide Bay's most prestigious tourism award.
Peter Lynch, owner operator of Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, pictured with crew member Helen Robertson has won the Wide Bay's most prestigious tourism award. Alistair Brightman

Blue Dolphin Marine Tour’s Peter Lynch wins tourism award

THE annual Fraser Coast Tourism Awards for Excellence gala presentation event was held on Friday night at the Hervey Bay RSL and Services Memorial Club.

The 2012 Seven Wide Bay Tourism Awards recognised high achievers within their industry sectors from the Fraser
Coast region and the gala event was attended by over 200 tourism and industry professionals.

The Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, attended and spoke at the event, outlining some of the future plans for tourism across Queensland.

The theme for the 2012 Tourism Awards was based on Under the Sea, appreciating the diverse marine life that the
Fraser Coast has been blessed with, and Channel 7's Sofie Formica, from the travel show The Great South East,
hosted the evening.

The awards categories were highly contested with Blue Dolphin Marine Tour's Peter Lynch being the extremely
deserving recipient of the most prestigious award, which recognises outstanding contributions to the tourism
industry, the John Craig Gardiner Memorial Award.

This award acknowledges Peter's passion and long-term commitment to the conservation of whales, and to the tourism industry in the Fraser Coast region.

Happy Wanderer Village took out the Best Tourism Business award as well as winning the Tourist & Caravan Parks
category.

Coast Restaurant and Bar's Julia Paussa was recognised as the Young Tourism Achiever of the Year.

Blue Dolphin Marine tours was also recognised as Best Whale Encounters Operator, and Emeraldene Inn and
Eco-Lodge was again the winner of the Best Website award and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for Deluxe Accommodation.

Fraser Island Barges won the Transport Operators category and Aquavue Cafe Watersports won
the hotly contested Adventure Tourism category.

Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said that the annual tourism awards were a chance to recognise
individual tourism operators for their hard work and dedication to the industry.

"The tourism industry works 365 days a year, and the past two years have been tough.

"The tourism awards give operators an opportunity to let their hair down and network with their peers, as well as recognising the efforts of the industry throughout the year," Ms Close said.



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