2009 Opal Awards Announced

Tourism Australia's trade event for Aussie Specialists, Corroboree Thrive!: The Americas 2009, wrapped up this year's conference naming Daryl Hudson as the new Regional General Manager for its company.

Before joining Tourism Australia in 2008, Hudson had his own marketing consultancy managing the marketing for Tasmania in the US and Canada.

The event's claim to fame is the Opal Awards Gala dinner, now running for 16 years. It  recognizes travel agents and industry partners for their expertise and experience. This years winners include:

Most Effective Tourism Related 'Australia' Movie Promotion - Matt Knowles, Sea Escape Travel

Outstanding Website Development by an Aussie specialist - Kleon Howe, The Art of Travel

Most Effective Integrated Marketing under $500 - Michelle Mangio, Magical Escapes Vacations

Most Effective Integrated Marketing Initiative over $500 - Billy Martin, Let's Travel Together, Melodye Martinelli, Let's Travel Together

Best Consumer Event - Julie Garcia, Journey's By Ambassador Travel

Most Supportive State Tourism Board - Tourism Queensland

Best New Experience at Corroboree - Bookabee Tours