Latest News

Back to Latest News back


ATEC recognises outstanding industry achievements for 2019

ATEC recognises outstanding industry achievements for 2019
November 28, 2019

The Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) annual Awards of Excellence were announced last night (27th November) at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves recognising the most outstanding achievements and contributions across the export tourism industry, including the young achiever of the year award.

This year’s prestigious Captain Trevor Haworth Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Tourism Export Industry has been awarded to Caroline Densley (pictured below) from Diverse Travel in South Australia.

ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley notes “Caroline has provided a long-term contribution to the development of authentic Australian tourism experiences, especially in the area of indigenous tourism where she has been both an advocate and business mentor helping develop commercially sustainable indigenous tourism experiences for the international market.

“Her commitment to developing tourism experiences in regional Australia, along with helping small tourism business with unique offering to gain access to the international market, is a legacy she can be proud of.”

Three outstanding young ATEC members have this year been awarded with Mike Webley of Pinnacle Tourism Marketing in Cairns, Jesse Hornblow from WA’s Pearls of Australia and Chantelle Khan from Viator/Tripadvisor picking up the Len Taylor Young ATEC Award for Leadership (pictured top).

Shelley advises “These three young industry leaders have shown great initiative, commitment and innovation in the way they have taken on their roles and helped to build the strength of the tourism businesses they work in as well as implement genuine leadership initiatives within their local communities.”

The Outstanding Contribution by an individual to ATEC or an ATEC Branch was awarded to Go Beyond Melbourne’s Alva Hemming (pictured above) while ATEC’s Branch of the Year was awarded to Western Australia.

Shelley added “Alva has been an amazing ambassador for inbound tourism in Victoria for many years and is a highly respected and worthy recipient of this award.”

"The Western Australian Branch has been ATEC’s over-achiever for the second consecutive year. The collective efforts of the branch have been reflected in significant membership growth as well as the development and delivery of leading training programs for the state of WA."

Shelley congratulated all winners, concluding that “these are the individuals who work hard to make our industry exceptional.”

Images: Young ATEC winners (from left) Chantelle Khan, Jesse Hornblow and Mike Webley (top); Caroline Densley (middle) and Alva Hemming (below).

Related Articles

4th October 2019 - ATEC launches program for WA tourism operators hosting Japanese visitors

19th November 2018 - Tourism leaders gather in Darwin for ATEC’s Meeting Place

3rd August 2018 - Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves confirms events bookings until 2022

28th July 2018 - ATEC sees continued need to keep getting inbound tourism right

10th May 2018 - ATEC welcomes budget boost for regional tourism

26th November 2017 - Tourism Export Industry Awards announced at ATEC’s annual Gala Dinner

21st August 2017 - ATEC announces major new Chinese Tour Guide Training Project

10th March 2017 - Perth to play host to 2017 ATEC Meeting Place conference

2nd February 2017 - ATEC flags tourism as Australia’s best export asset

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks



Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing


Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security


METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play



SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues



Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business