ATEC excellence awards celebrate trailblazers in Australian Tourism Export sector – TravelDailyNews Asia

At the Meeting Place Gala, industry luminaries were honored by the Australian Tourism Export Council, underscoring the vibrant expertise and progressive leadership within Australia’s tourism sector.

The winners of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) annual industry awards were announced at the Meeting Place Gala dinner held at Lot.100 in the Adelaide Hills.

Presented by the Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, the ATEC Excellence Awards recognize outstanding industry leaders across several categories including the highly coveted Captain Trevor Haworth Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Export Industry award which was established in 1981.

Along with the award announcements, over 500 delegates congratulated the 16 graduates of ATEC’s Emerging Leaders of Inbound Tourism Excellence (ELITE) 2023 program. This 7th cohort is the latest group of over 160 young industry leaders to have graduated from the program.

This year, the Captain Trevor Haworth award acknowledged the huge contribution that winner David Thorne has made to the growth and development of the export market for Caversham Wildlife Park. His dedication, commitment, drive and passion have made a significant impact on Australia’s tourism export industry.

David and his wife Pat founded Caversham Wildlife Park in Western Australia in 1988 and has been a respected mentor, guiding and supporting countless new tourism businesses to become ‘internationally ready’ and never missing an opportunity to sell Australia,” ATEC Chairman, Denis Pierce said. “Well known as a trade-show king, and even though he’s now in his eighties, he’s still on the road, and we are ever grateful for his dedication, passion, generosity of spirit and contribution to our industry.”

This year also saw the introduction of three new award categories with Buyer, Supplier and Partner of the year. Winners included:

Buyer of the Year: Goway Travel

Supplier of the Year: TFE Hotels

Partner of the Year: Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Region of the Year: North Queensland

Outstanding Contribution to ATEC: Sarah Duthie, Sydney Opera House

Len Taylor Young ATEC Award for Leadership: Ashleigh McEwen, Klook

Captain Trevor Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Export Industry: David Thorne, Caversham Wildlife Park

The ELITE training program is designed to cultivate and empower the next generation of leaders in the Australian tourism industry by fostering innovation though a comprehensive curriculum that blends theoretical knowledge with practical industry insights. Through a series of workshops, mentorship opportunities and immersive experiences, participants gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of inbound tourism, international market trends, and best practices in customer experience management and deliver projects for real life clients who this year included Visit Sunshine Coast and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

ATEC congratulates the winners of this year’s awards and the graduates of ATEC’s ELITE program who have set an exceptional standard within the tourism industry, showcasing unparalleled dedication and vision and setting the pace for its future. These people serve as inspiration and encouragement for the continued pursuit of excellence in Australia’s export tourism sector.

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