The best in tourism were recognised last Thursday night, November 22, at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards. The night celebrated tourism operators and individuals over 31 categories of festivals and events, accommodation, adventure tourism and indigenous tourism.
The 2012 NSW Tourism Awards, managed by the Tourism Industry Council of NSW, awarded its first ever Lifetime Contribution Award as part of this years event. The accolade went to the late Barry Baillie (1945- 2012), former CEO of the Caravan, Camping and Touring Industry Association and Manufactured Housing Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) in honour of his commitment to the caravan and camping industry and the broader tourism market.
The Award was presented to CCIA President, Theo Whitmont and Brock Baillie, Barrys son, by the Hon. George Souris, Minister for Arts and Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing.
On accepting the Award, Theo reiterated Barrys passion for the tourism industry throughout NSW and nationally.
During his 10 years as CEO of the CCIA Barry contributed to the tourism industry at the highest of professional levels. He dedicated countless hours of his personal time to the caravan and camping industry to ensure that it remained at the forefront of domestic tourism, Theo said.
Brock Paula and Theo