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Maranoa shines during Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium & Awards

Passionate tourism advocates and professionals from across Queensland united in Roma over the weekend for the Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards.

From Thursday onwards, attendees were treated to four days of all things tourism. After a day of listening to enlightening speakers, delegates enjoyed welcome drinks beneath Roma’s EMSCO Rig. The symposium ramped up on Friday, with 16 guest speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences with the crowd. Winton’s infamous Crackup Sisters hosted an evening of fun and laughter under the stars at the Roma Saleyards and Saturday saw the delegates taking part in one of several tours which explored various parts of the Maranoa.

The tours headed in multiple directions, visiting Mitchell, Wallumbilla, Injune and Surat. Delegates who had headed to Surat experienced a narrow escape with the past, as the coach was ‘robbed’ by a number of Maranoa bushrangers!

Saturday night’s Gala Awards Dinner at the Roma Airport was a night to remember for many, with a classic outback sunset providing a special backdrop for the occasion.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism said the four day event was an opportunity to showcase all things Maranoa to tourism advocates from across Queensland, Australia and beyond.

“We have so much to offer here in the Maranoa, so an event like this is an opportunity for us to put our best foot forward. One of the statistics that came from the weekend is that tourism is currently the top industry for Queensland, so having everyone here, talking about this industry has been invaluable,” Cr Chandler said.

“We would like to thank everyone who travelled to be here with us this weekend, and hopefully they tell their friends about our region and come back another time to do some more exploring!”