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Tri State Safaris toast of the town

Tuesday, 30th July, 2013

Joanne and Michael McCulkin at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards last weekend. Joanne and Michael McCulkin at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards last weekend.

Michael McCulkin says he feels humbled to have been honoured with an award for outstanding achievement in the tourist industry.

The CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards were held in Moree on Saturday night with a bumper crowd of 210 people in attendance. 

The highlight of the night for Tri State Safaris was when its owner, Mr McCulkin, was presented with the Ted Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual. 

The award recognizes the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to regional tourism. Judges consider the particular activities and contributions of the nominee outside the expectations of normal employment.

Mr McCulkin said this was a “once in a lifetime” honour.

“I feel so humbled that others in the industry have considered that I should receive this award,” he said.

“I was absolutely stunned.

“I have been involved in tourism for 21 years. It is the amazing places I have visited, the interesting people I have met, and the professionals I have worked with that have made my journey so rewarding. 

“At times it’s hard to separate personal life from work, but this industry has given me so much, and I have found it so very fulfilling to give back to the industry whenever I can.”

Mr McCulkin said the award belonged as to much to his wife as to himself.

“Joanne has given me so much support and inspiration, and I am lucky to work with a great crew, from our dedicated drivers and guides to our passionate admin staff.”

Mr McCulkin also said it would be great to see Broken Hill host the tourism awards.

“The whole awards night was a great night. Hopefully, in the future, it can come to Broken Hill,” he said.

Tri State Safari was also again named the winner in the Tour and/or Transport Operator and Indigenous Tourism categories.

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