Diedrich Award winner Graham Wallace puts heart into long-haul Top Tourist Parks support

October 30, 2008
Diedrich Award winner Graham Wallace puts heart into long-haul Top Tourist Parks support

The man behind GoSee New Zealand.co.nz was honoured last night with an award that can only be earned through exceptional effort for the caravanning industry.

Graham Wallace Managing Director of the Fyshwick Canberra based ContACT Internet Solutions puts his heart into unstinting support for Top Tourist Parks of Australia and tourism, touring and the industry in Australia and New Zealand.

He has done this for Australias biggest chain Top Tourist Parks of Australia and the holiday park industry over more than 11 years.

The Top Tourist Parks of Australia's Hugh Diedrich Award is not easily earned and is given only at the discretion of their board. It recognizes exceptional effort over the long-haul for the benefit of Top Tourist Park members.

The award honours the late Hugh Diedrich who put in a nutshell the awards difference when he said There is little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Graham Wallace Webmaster of GoSee New Zealand and GoSeeAustralia and Dip Eng (Elec.) techo fits the positive Hugh Diedrich award mould with a commitment to the extra lap for Top Tourist Parks and the holiday park industry which goes far beyond any commercial considerations.

In 1997 the then 110 Top Tourist Parks were the first Australian chain to have their own website www.toptouristparks.com.au

Top Tourist Parks is the internet services driven ContACT's first major client.

In 1997 Graham Wallace worked with the Top Tourist Parks board to advise on and implement the tough decisions which took the chain forward into the World Wide Web.

Graham made the chains vital inter-park member communication tool the Bulletin Board work. He also created the valuable Trip Planner which is one of the most popular user features on the Top Tourist Parks website.

He continues today to maintain and develop Top Tourist's online profile.

He is the funding, founding vision and positive belief which drive ContACT Internet Solutions and the ContACT Group businesses which include GoSee New Zealand.co.nz and GoSee Australia.com.au

GoSee NewZealand gives site users free information on every aspect of touring New Zealand destinations and attractions in the North and South Islands.

Graham Wallace has a broad knowledge of business based on a diverse range of interests. But when he hits the road on holiday park treks the big man lights up as he gets out there to have a chat among old friends.

Based in Canberra Graham Wallace travels best with his caravan in tow, but the former Squadron Leader also does well in the air thanks to his RAAF background.

Editor's Note: Graham also makes a daily contribution to people who want to tour New Zealand and Australia. Here is some of his contribution to caravanning and tourism from the extensive library of Info Articles on the GoSeeAustralia and GoSee New Zealand websites.

Graham Wallace (r) at the  launch of GoSee New Zealand.co.nz in 2007
Graham Wallace (r) at the launch of GoSee New Zealand.co.nz in 2007