Brian and Jill Perry won an award for their whale watching business.
Brian and Jill Perry won an award for their whale watching business. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay couple win again

IT HAS been quite a week for Hervey Bay’s Brian and Jill Perry.

The couple, who run Hervey Bay Whale Watch, backed up their major victories at the local tourism awards with a state award in Brisbane on Thursday night.

Their win at the 21st Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards prompted a strong endorsement by Anna Bligh.

"I am delighted that Brian and Jill have won the Regional Exporter Award in 2010,” she told the big crowd.

“They know that international tourists are integral to the company’s success,” she said.

“In 2009-10, Hervey Bay Whale Watch generated more than $600,000 in export sales, up 24 per cent on last year and equating to more than 50 per cent of total sales. Key export markets included Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada and Korea.”

Hervey Bay Whale Watch started 23 years ago and now employs three full-time staff and 12 casuals during the whale season.

They are no stranger to winning tourism awards and this week’s bag takes their tally to more than 30.



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