Nominations are closing soon (January 27) for Southern Queensland Country Tourism’s annual Chairman’s Award.

The peer-nominated tourism excellence award is open to Southern Queensland Country Tourism marketing partners and offers a prize to the value of $1200 for mentoring, professional development or business marketing activities.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism CEO Mary-Clare Power said that tourism operators were invited to nominate marketing partners of Southern Queensland Country Tourism – individuals, businesses or volunteers – who strive for tourism excellence in the region.

“The award recognises the leaders in our industry who do outstanding work –

they’re the innovators who embody the Southern Queensland Country brand, lift the visitor experience beyond expectations and actively support the growth and development of tourism at a local and regional level,” she said.

Cridland of Stanthorpe’s Diamondvale Bed & Breakfast Cottages took out the top prize in the inaugural award in 2015/16.  Her take on the award is a positive one:

“It has propelled our business forward with a new-found sense of direction and a clear vision and it’s also helped me see how fortunate I am to be surrounded by a great support network that is the Southern Queensland Country team and my extremely hard working peers”.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism Chairman, Dr Jane Summers said the award winner will be a role model for other operators.

“We’re seeking to recognise someone who provides a brilliant experience for guests and who is always learning and interacting with fellow tourism operators and us, the regional tourism organisation.”

Summers said the nomination process was simple and urged those interested to download a nomination form.

“It won’t take more than 30 minutes to complete the form – if you know someone who deserves this honour, nominate them today,” she said.

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 27 January 2017 and the winner, runners up and special commendations will be announced at a presentation at the region’s peak development forum, The Southern Queensland Tourism Industry Conference in Kingaroy on Tuesday 21 February.

Banner image: Dr Jane Summers, 2015 Chairmans Award winner Kerrin Cridland, and Chris Parsons