Representatives of 1770 LARC Tours accept the major award of Tourism Champion at the 2010 Rock Building Society CQ Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Business Awards, held at the entertainment centre on Saturday night.
Representatives of 1770 LARC Tours accept the major award of Tourism Champion at the 2010 Rock Building Society CQ Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Business Awards, held at the entertainment centre on Saturday night. MK CREATIVE STUDIOS

Top honour to LARC Tours

THE Gladstone region has stood tall when it comes to tourism’s cream of the crop.

Tourism operators, individuals, events, attractions and services were just some of the many honoured for their outstanding service and success at The Rock Building Society’s Central Queensland Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Business Awards on Saturday night.

It was a sell-out performance for the 2010 awards as 250 joined to celebrate the annual gala awards presentation, held this year at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

Designed to highlight excellence among tourism business operations in the Gladstone, Bundaberg, Capricorn and surrounding regions, the awards recognise businesses and individuals whose tourism businesses and services set a high standard in a zone of growing interest to tourists and visitors.

It was 1770 LARC Tours that scooped the biggest honour of the evening after being awarded the major award of Tourism Champion and Best Visitor Attraction.

The Observer also claimed honours in the Media and Marketing category, with editor Meredith Papavasiliou saying it was a great honour.

“We will sing the region’s praises at every opportunity,” Ms Papavasiliou said.

Speaking with The Observer yesterday, GAPDL chief executive Glenn Churchill said the Gladstone region really stood proud on the night.

Mr Churchill said the announcement of 1770 LARC tours as overall champion of champions was a welcome announcement.

“Those attending the awards were the real advocates, ambassadors and doers of tourism,” Mr Churchill said. “These awards are run every year but again they get bigger and better each year.”

Mr Churchill said there was a great sense of pride evident among those attending the gala awards presentation. He said the awards acknowledged the importance of tourism businesses to the region’s prosperity.



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