Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA NSW) Chief Executive Officer, Barry Baillie is the 2011 winner of the Eric Hayman Award for service to the industry. Barry Baillie and his team also won the Gold Award for Best Festival and Event in Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns on 2 March. Barry passed away on 29 February 2012.
It is the first time that the peak Eric Hayman Award has been made posthumously long-time friend and Queensland caravanning industry chief Ron Chapman told delegates to the annual award dinner at the CRVA conference on the Gold Coast last night.
It is the second time Barry Baillie has won the award. He was a leader in responsible tourism as hecommissioned the University of Western Sydneys assistance in developing the Gumnut Awards, the industrys eco certification program.
Eric Hayman was President of the CTIA (Victoria) for 17 years and also president of the Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Council of Australia. Eric Hayman Award committee selection panel chairman Ron Chapman said the Eric Hayman awards key criteria demands that the recipient makes a contribution which is a national service to the Australian caravan, camping and tourism industry.
When Eric was standing down, the Association decided to initiate the award, Eric Hayman Award committee selection panel chairman Ron Chapman said.
Here is atribute from the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA NSW) -
The Passing of Mr Barry Gavin Baillie,
Chief Executive Officer, NSW Caravan and Camping Industry Association
Tuesday 6 March, 2012
It is with great regret and sadness that the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA NSW) acknowledges the passing of Chief Executive Officer, Barry Gavin Baillie, aged 66.
After contracting pneumonia, Barry passed away on 29 February 2012. Our thoughts and condolences are with Margaret, their children, Brock, Paula, her husband Nick and their two children, Ella and Julian.
Barry proudly governed the CCIA NSW for ten years whilst contributing to the broader tourism industry as Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Industry Council, a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Western Sydney and a representative on the NSW Tourism Regional Reference Group.
During his time as CEO at CCIA NSW, Barry launched The Outback Discovery Trail, the first Safari of the Australian Caravan Safari Trails Project. In recognition of this achievement, Barry was awarded the Eric Hayman Award at the 2006 Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australias national conference. This prestigious award recognises outstanding contributions to the caravan and camping industry by individuals, companies or groups.
Barry also ensured the caravan and camping industry was a leader in responsible tourism and in his quest to have the industry become part of the environmental solution rather than the problem, he led a study tour to Europe to examine environmental programs in 2002. At the time, there were no programs operating in Australia that included environmental sustainability accreditation for tourism. Upon his return, he commissioned the University of Western Sydneys assistance in developing the Gumnut Awards, the industrys eco certification program. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Gumnut Awards program continues to grow in membership and recognition and is a legacy he was always proud of.
Barrys achievements began far before his time at CCIA NSW and included working with the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute and AGVIEWs Fantastic Family Farm Show, Launching Belgenny Farm Birthplace of Australias Agriculture as a tourist attraction, Chairman and CEO of the Meat Industry Authority, Chairman of Armcanz Meat Standards Committee and a Director in the NSW Premiers Department.
Barry worked unstintingly fostering our Association and furthering in countless ways the industry he so loved and was committed to. His loss will be felt for many years to come, not only by his family, close friends and colleagues but those who will get the benefits of his significant industry legacy, said Theo Whitmont, President CCIA NSW.
As a testament to his tireless efforts, Barry and his team won the Gold Award for Best Festival and Event in Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns on Friday night, 2 March. The Award was accepted on Barrys behalf and his contribution to the Supershows success was acknowledged.
Barrys renowned sense of humour, enthusiasm and drive will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.