On the 20th of November 2010 Tourism Council Western Australia held the state tourism awards at Burswood Entertainment Complex. The event was themed “Four Seasons” to capture WA’s ability to provide amazing destinations year round. The Gala Dinner saw the coming together of the top tourism businesses throughout Western Australia, and was attended by some 900 guests.
Tourism Council WA CEO, Graham Moss said that “there had been an increase in the number of entrants into the Eco and Cultural tourism categories. This is pleasing as these tourism experiences are certainly gathering popularity.” Moss, who is also the Chair of Judges for the Awards, said that “the standard of submissions were especially high this year which positions WA for success in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards which will be held on the 11th March 2011 in Perth. He said that hosting the National Awards in Perth was a great opportunity to showcase WA tourism to an estimated 600 interstate tourism operators who will attend the Awards.”
On the evening Frances Jones of Wooleen Station was honoured with the Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal. Frances joined the WA tourism industry in 2008 starting her career at Edge Resorts. Later that year Frances took on a full time position at Wooleen Station as tourism manager and now resides there permanently with her partner, David Pollock. In 2009 Frances started a degree in Eco-Tourism at Murdoch University and studies externally. Late in 2009 Frances was elected as the Chairperson of the Gascoyne and Murchsion Tourism (Inc) and spends time working on the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways project. In mid 2010 Frances also nominated and accepted a position on the board of Australia’s Golden Outback representing the Gascoyne and Murchison Sub Region.