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    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Capricorn Caves chief named tourism’s Young Achiever of the Year

    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Capricorn Caves chief named tourism’s Young Achiever of the Year

    UNDER STRICT EMBARGO until 10pm Queensland time, Friday 13 November 2009
    Winners and finalists are not aware of the QTA results until the presentation

    A Rockhampton tourism industry worker who rose from kitchen hand to general manager of the award-winning Capricorn Caves has taken out the Young Achiever’s Award at the 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards, Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor announced.

    Mr Lawlor said 24-year-old Amanda Jennings was 15 when she began work at Capricorn Caves and has since risen to the position of general manager, making vital contributions to the operation and to tourism in Central Queensland.

    “The Young Achiever’s Award recognises an individual under 30 who works in tourism and contributes to the development of a vibrant and professional industry,” Mr Lawlor said.

    “Amanda is an all-rounder who, at Capricorn Caves, has streamlined business procedures, facilitated and promoted staff training and development, increased visitation and income through marketing initiatives, and managed the property’s facilities and services.

    “Capricorn Caves also won the Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award this year and was named a finalist in the Tourist Attractions category, no small part of which is due, I’m sure, to Amanda’s management skills.”

    Mr Lawlor said Amanda had also made a significant contribution to Central Queensland’s tourism industry by promoting caravanning and regional tourism through her relationships with caravan park industry leaders and her proactive networking and trade initiatives.

    “Amanda is a fantastic role model for all young people entering the tourism industry and shows what a fantastic career path the tourism industry can lead to,” he said.

    Mr Lawlor encouraged more tourism operators in the region to consider entering the awards next year.

    “The Queensland Tourism Awards is all about rewarding excellence in quality and service delivery,” he said.

    “Winners range from small family-owned and run operations to major hotel chains and attractions - an operator is never too big or too small to enter.”

    Mr Lawlor said 161 tourism operators from around the state had entered the 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards, staged on Friday 13 November at Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast.

    “I congratulate Tourism Queensland and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) for organising and hosting the 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards in such spectacular fashion,” Mr Lawlor said.

    “A thank you must also go to our awards’ platinum sponsor Queensland Airports Limited for its generous support.”

    A full list of winners and finalists is attached and will be online from early next week at

    Further information:
    Minister’s office – 3225 1005
    Tourism Queensland – 3535 5010
    QTIC – 3236 1445