Personal touch earns Stan award
STAN Pitt has been named the best individual tourism employee for 2005.
Mr Pitt was one of ten tourism operators from the Gladstone region who won awards at Saturday's 2005 CQ Tourism Awards.
Mr Pitt, who has worked at the Barney Beach Caravan Park for three years, attributed his award to his personal approach to the job and obvious love of dealing with tourists.
"It's all about getting personal with people,'' he said.
"I always call people by their first name so they feel more at home.''
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) chief executive Danial Rochford said Gladstone region tourism operators took out half of the awards, the results indicating how far the local tourism industry had come.
"The night is all about recognising and paying tribute to those within the industry that excel in their business and due to the number of awards the Gladstone region received, it is obvious that we have the edge in tourism,'' Mr Rochford said.
"Apart from the prestige or winning an award, the awards provide a focus for the Gladstone region as a great tourist destination,'' Mr Rochford said.
The Gecko Valley Winery also continued its strong performance, winning its fourth award in a row.