The Tasmanian Tourism Awards were presented to finalists in various categories, at Wrest Point on 8 November 2019. We were absolutely thrilled to win gold for the best major festival and event! It is marvellous to receive this recognition; it is a real acknowledgement of the enormous amount of effort, work and dedication that is put into our organisation and event by so many people. To each and every one of you, thank you!
This means, that as a state winner, we will be at the national awards ceremony in March 2020, competing against the winners in all other states and territories in this category.
Paul Stephanus is quickly settling in as our new general manager – well done Paul! It is already like he’s been there for a long time. Paul is earnestly planning things for the next festival, with great enthusiasm!
Sadly, at out AGM recently, a very long serving board member, Graeme Hunt, retired from the board. Graeme was elected to the board in 2008, and has remained on the board since then, until his retirement this year. Before that, he was manager for Boats Ashore for approximately 10 years, and has been involved with every festival since inception, in one capacity or another. His dedication is such that some years ago, in order to keep “an eye on the boats” in his charge ashore, he elected to stay with them throughout the night, to help with security.
On behalf of the board, membership, management team, and all associated with our organisation, thank you Graeme, for many years of wonderful, friendly and dedicated service. You will be missed, but I am sure that we will continue to see you around the place, enjoying the festival, for many years to come!
I am pleased to announce that Malcolm Wells was elected to the board replace Graeme. We are lucky to have such an ideal replacement for Graeme, and Malcolm’s experience and abilities will also be a great attribute. Welcome Malcolm!
As we approach the end of the year, most of us will be thinking about relaxing and enjoying some wonderful boating time. I wish everybody a great time whether they be racing, simply pottering about for the day, or cruising for an extended period; but remember, keep safe.