The Observer Boyne-Tannum Hook Up President Pat Laws is proud to bring tourists to Gladstone.
The Observer Boyne-Tannum Hook Up President Pat Laws is proud to bring tourists to Gladstone.

Hooking up for tourism

THE Rock Building Society 2010 Central Queensland, Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Business Awards recognise local businesses and events for their contribution to the local tourism industry.

Each year, Bundaberg region, Capricorn Tourism and GAPDL (Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited) combine to co-ordinate a three-region competition among tourism business operators.

Local restaurants, retail businesses and hotels all compete for the recognition and prestige of these awards and The Observer Boyne/Tannum Hook Up is proud to be involved in this year’s awards.

Hook up president Pat Laws is honoured to be included and to be recognised by the local community.

“We’re very proud to be involved. We never dreamed the Hook Up will be as big as it is,” he said.

“In the first few years, people used to leave town over the weekend it was on, now we have people coming from interstate to participate.

“The town basically stops for it,” Mr Laws said.

“Our main goal is to sell the Gladstone region to the rest of Australia and generate a few dollars into the local economy.”

Categories for the awards include Casual Dining, Standard Accommodation, Retail Business and Tourism Champion, which is selected by a panel of judges from the 14 category winners.

If you believe you run a business that contributes to the local tourism industry, or know of a business that does, nominate now for the recognition the business deserves.

Entries for the Tourism Business Awards will be closing on Monday, July 26.

There are only just over two weeks left for businesses to get their submissions in.



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