Congratulations to our fearless director Terri Irwin, who was awarded the Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the recent Queensland Tourism Awards held in Brisbane last Friday night!
The award recognises Terri's extraordinary personal and professional achievements and contribution over the past 19 years to the Australian, and in particular the Queensland, tourism industry. Terri recently appeared on Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure, and was the face of G'day USA.
Terri said she was honoured to receive the award, which comes as Australia Zoo prepares to celebrate Steve Irwin Day on 15 November.
"Steve and I shared a vision of becoming the ultimate, global zoological destination, and every day I continue to work at growing this vision into reality," Terri said.
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful The Crocodile Hunter documentaries, seen in over 150 countries, Australia Zoo is currently in partnership with Fremantle Media Productions to once again shine light on Queensland and Australia.
"I'm proud to be continuing Steve's legacy by showcasing our awesome saltwater crocodiles on film, around the planet," Terri said. "We're so passionate to get the world excited about experiencing Australia's wildlife. Now is the time to inspire international visitors to come Down Under!"
Australia Zoo has previously taken out Major Tourist Attraction at both the Queensland and Australian Tourism Awards, and has been inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame.
The Queensland Tourism Awards are celebrated annually to recognise the tourism operators demonstrating outstanding achievement and significant contributions to the industry.