Danae Schmid and Renee Smith, from Kingfisher.
Danae Schmid and Renee Smith, from Kingfisher. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Council win four tourism awards

A SMALL talented team working long hours was behind the four wins by Fraser Coast Regional Council at the Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards.

Councillor Anne Nioa, who also chairs the tourism board, said she was delighted with the result.

“It was a great effort by the council team this year,” Ms Nioa said.

The council won the regional festivals and special events category with the Mary Poppins Festival, tourism promotion material and media section, tourism associations and visitor information centres with the Hervey Bay Airport visitor information centre and tourism retailing with Quintessential Fraser Coast shop, also at the airport.

Awards in 30 categories were handed out during the calypso-themed event in Hervey Bay on Saturday night.

Tanya Young said it was a beautiful feeling to be named Young Tourism Achiever of the Year.

The 34-year-old started off as a sales executive with Kingfisher Bay Resort Group but now, five years later, she’s the regional sales and marketing manager and her role includes making sure the 100-odd clients who sell Kingfisher’s touring products are familiar with the group’s systems and products and have all the sales material they need.

“It was really nice to see so many of my clients, that I take care of in the region, hopping up to receive awards on the night,” she said.

“That was the most fulfilling thing for me – feeling like I’d made a difference to their businesses.

“I had an amazing night.”



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