The Southern Gold Coast’s own Peter Gash, owner of Seair Pacific at Coolangatta and managing director of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort took home the top honour from the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards held on November 28, receiving the Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
The accolades were announced at Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre, where 900 guests gathered to commemorate the Awards’ 30 year milestone at the Queensland tourism industry’s much-anticipated night of nights.
A total of 189 Queensland Tourism Award nominations were received from entrants throughout Queensland.
The 30th anniversary celebrations, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), provided an opportunity to reflect on Queensland’s colourful tourism past and pay tribute to the dedicated pioneers who have shaped and transformed the industry.
Peter received the award for his tireless contribution to the sustainability of the Queensland tourism industry, particularly his conservation efforts at Lady Elliot Island, where he manages the island’s only accommodation – the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.
Peter also took out the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism for Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, another great honour to award his efforts on the island.
A humble man who deserves every accolade – a huge congratulations from Connecting Southern Gold Coast to Peter Gash on this most significant achievement.