Tri State wins gold
Monday, 5th March, 2012
By Paula Doran
Tri State Safaris has again proven to the world that they are amongst the peak performers in Australia’s tourism industry.
The Broken Hill company was chosen from a top list of competitors as the gold winning recipients of the best “Tourism/Transport Operators” in the country, and won the silver award for the “adventure tourism” section in the Qantas 2011 Australian Tourism Awards.
They were amongst 700 of the nation’s top tourism businesses gathered at the Cairns Convention Centre on Friday night and were part of a strong performance for New South Wales based operators.
The NSW representatives brought home a record 11 national titles from the 27 categories.
The Tourism Industry Council NSW’s General Manager, Andrew Jefferies, said “with more than a third of these titles awarded to New South Wales based operators, the value of tourism to the New South Wales economy can no longer be ignored.”
Speaking from Cairns on Saturday, Tri State’s Joanne McCulkin said she was thrilled at the company’s winning year.
“It’s just incredible to be in a room with all these tourism icons - the Taronga Zoo, the Jenolan Caves - and to know that we’re performing at that level.
“Right now we’ve got sore feet from dancing but we’re thrilled to be able to bring this award back to Broken Hill.”
It’s the second year in a row the company has won the Tourism and Transport section, and if they are to win next year the couple will be inducted into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Graham Perry, CEO of Inland NSW Tourism, congratulated the McCulkins, dubbing them great role models for their peers and other businesses in the industry.
“They help to raise the bar in professionalism and customer service in regional tourism. We are proud that they chose to base their business in Broken Hill and Inland NSW,” said Mr Perry.
Tri State has had a quick and efficient history of collecting major tourism accolades; they have won gold for the Adventure Tourism section for three years in a row at State level and were inducted into the NSW Hall of Fame last November.
Whilst the accolades continued to flow to Tri State after the win, Joanne McCulkin paid special tribute to the company’s passionate staff.
“We’ve got a wonderful team and so much passion for what we do.
“And we’ve got a great area that has so much to offer. This is what the public want to see; they want to see the real Australia and we get them to show them that in our unique part of the world,” she said.