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 honor.

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

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2021 Tasmanian Tourism Champion, Mark Wilsdon

The 2021 Tasmanian Tourism Champion is tourism and hospitality executive, Mark Wilsdon.

A Chef by trade, Mark forged his career through the fledgling days of Tasmania's fine dining scene in the 80s and 90s, before establishing his own signature restaurant, A Splash of Paris, on the Hobart waterfront.

In the early 2000s, David Walsh purchased Hobart's iconic Moorilla Estate Winery, and asked Mark to review its hospitality operations.

Over nearly two decades, as Business Manager and then Co-CEO, Mark has grown and led a dynamic and skilled team of tourism, hospitality and artistic professionals, who have taken David Walsh's bold vision and together created the tourism and cultural phenomenon, MONA. Changing the face of Tasmania forever.

Beyond his considerable contribution to the success of MONA, Mark has emerged as a leading and respected figure in the Tasmanian tourism industry in his own right.

Serving as a Director of TICT for 11 years, including 4-years as Deputy Chair, Mark has been intrinsically involved in shaping many of the industry strategies over the past decade, particularly in the workforce, skills and training space. Investing hundreds of hours of his time away from MONA for the benefit of the broader industry, and earning the respect of government and his industry peers.

A champion of the Arts and Creative Industries, Mark has been a leading figure in the evolution of MONA-FOMA, including the festival's move to Northern Tasmania, the launch of Dark MOFO, and is a Director of Queenstown's Unconformity Festival.

Mark was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, where he will oversee the redevelopment and expansion of this major institution.

The Honour Roll of Tasmanian Tourism Champions celebrate and recognise 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.

2021 Mark Wilsdon
2020 Margaret Morgan
2019 Vin Barron
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 AM
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, we are very proud that two icons of Tasmania's tourism 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 professional, 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.

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Kylie Bell, 2021 Tourism Minister's Young Achiever

The 2021 Tourism Minister's Young Achiever is Kylie Bell.

Kylie is co-founder and manager of Compass Hut, Tasmania's first council approved, eco Tiny House on Wheels. She is also Director and Designer of Wagonhaus Co Pty Ltd, one of three manufacturers in Australia producing tiny eco homes.

With a Bachelor of Architecture, and a double degree in Tourism/Travel and Business, Kylie created and operates Compass Hut on her family's farm near at Forthside, south of Devonport. Establishing a unique agri and eco-tourism experience in North-West Tasmania.

Kylie has actively promoted Compass Hut, generating national media and industry coverage for the North-West. She is also a highly active industry participant with her Regional Tourism Organisation, Women in Tourism & Hospitality, and Devonport Chamber of Commence and Industry.

When her accommodation business was impacted by COVID, Kylie quickly pivoted her business and designs, establishing 'Arc Pavilion' - a micro and portable Art gallery on wheels.

Tourism Minister’s Young Achievers:

2021 Kylie Bell
2020 Amanda Sansom
2019 Bianca Welsh
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

2008 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 info@tict.com.au