Tourism Industry Coincil Tasmania

Tasmanian Tourism Champion & Tourism Minister's Young Achiever

Tasmanian Tourism Champion

The Tasmanian Tourism Champion is the Tasmanian tourism industry’s highest individual honour.

This award is conferred each year by the Directors of Tourism Industry Council Tasmania to an individual who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the Tasmanian tourism industry through their investments, leadership, advocacy, professional or voluntary service.

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Simon Currant AM, 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Champion

The 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Champion is legendary Tasmanian tourism developer and industry leader, Simon Currant.

Simon has been the most significant name in Tasmanian tourism over the past three decades as the visionary behind Cradle Mountain Lodge, Franklin Manor, Gordon River Cruises, Strahan Village, Peppermint Bay, and Pumphouse Point. He also served as the volunteer Chairman of Tourism Industry Council Tasmania for 15 years, was a long-time director of Tourism Tasmania, and TT Line, operators of the Spirit of Tasmania ships.

The Honour Roll of Tasmanian Tourism Champions celebrate those Tasmanians who have gone above and beyond in their service to our industry and in building the world class tourism industry we have today.

2018 Simon Currant AM
2017 Josef Chromy OAM
2016 Peter Mooney
2015 Julian & Tracey Jacobs
2014 Brett Torossi
2013 Sarah Lebski, Bill Lark
2012 John Hamilton, Richard Davey
2011 Greg Farrell, Robert Pennicott
2010 Ian Johnstone, Ian Waller
2009 John Dabner, Kim Seagram
2008 Terry McDermott, Karen Rees

2007 Donald Wells, Peter Neilson
2006 Ian Rankine, Richard Sattler
2005 Brian Inder, Christine Dewer
2004 Tony Park, Richard Dax
2003 John Luscombe, Malcolm Wells
2002 Lloyd Clark
2001 Ken Latona
2000 David Reed
1999 Terry Martin
1998 Jenny Cox

Tasmania's Legends of Australian Tourism

The Australian Tourism Legend is the Australian tourism industry's highest individual honour recognising the personal contribution of individual Australians to the development and growth of the nation's tourism industry.

Awarded by the Australian Tourism Industry Council at the annual Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Tasmania is very proud that two icons of our industry have been officially recognised as Legends of Australian Tourism:

2014 Robert Pennicott
2012 Simon Currant AM

Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever

Each year as a part of the Tasmanian Tourism Awards, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania invites Tasmania's Minister for Tourism to recognise an outstanding young achiever in our industry.

The Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever is awarded to an exceptional emerging business leader, entrepreneur, or tourism professionals, aged under 35-years, from across the Tasmanian tourism industry.

Many past recipients of this award have gone on to shape the Tasmanian tourism industry in significant ways, including the 2001 Young Achiever and current Chairman of Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Daniel Leesong, along with both TICT Deputy Chairs, Kathryn McCann (2013), and Clint Walker (2008), to name a few.

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Jo Youl, 2018 Tourism Minister's Young Achiever

The 2018 Tourism Minister's Young Achiever is Jo Youl.

Jo is a passionate driver of tourism on her beloved Flinders Island. She has worked with local operators and the community on developing a destination brand for the island and promoting Flinders as a premium visitor destination.

She is also an entrepreneur and along with her husband Tom, are operators of 'Taste of Flinders' while developing the Flinders Island Wharf Visitor Hub at Whitemark.

Tourism Minister’s Young Achievers:

2018 Jo Youl
2017 Tom Wotton
2016 Greg Irons
2015 Shannon Wells
2014 Travis Tiddy
2013 Kathryn McCann
2012 Greg Price
2011 Anthony O’Hern
2010 Rowena Nicholls
2009 David Gunton

2008 Clint Walker
2007 Ian Reed
2006 Joanna Gair
2005 Alison Stubbs
2004 Ben Kearney
2003 Daniel Alps
2002 Sam Denmead
2001 Daniel Leesong
1999 Rebecca Absolom
1998 Richard Crawford

While TICT does not undertake a formal nomination processes for these awards, suggestions from industry for worthy recipients are welcomed and can be submitted to