And the award goes to the crocodile hunter!
News source: Glasshouse Country News, Thursday 2 March, 2006 Volume 20-39
Last week at the prestigious Australian Tourism Awards, Steve Irwin was recognised with an award for Services to Inbound Tourism. Federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey presented Steve with the honour and thanked him for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Australia in overseas markets.
Speaking from the Awards ceremony at the Gold Coast, Steve said that he was honored to be recognised, and that he was very proud to accept this award.
“This award is not only for me personally, but it's for my whole team at Australia Zoo who work tirelessly to spread the message of conservation.
“Mate, there is no better place to live than Australia . I've been to some pretty amazing places, but I always look forward to coming home to spend more time in our gorgeous country with my family. I can never sell enough of Australia to the world.”
Steve has received worldwide attention for his passionate crusade to educate people about the conservation of wildlife and saving its habitat. From starring in his own TV series, The Crocodile Hunter, to his very own movie role in Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Steve's raw energy has inspired a new generation of conservationists.
He is committed to presenting Australia as a first-rate and safe travel destination, and through his work in Tourism Australia campaigns, including the recent G'day LA – Australia Week event he is constantly promoting the natural wonders of Down Under to the glistening A-list of international markets.
There was even more reason for Steve to celebrate, with Australia Zoo taking out the Australian Tourism Retailing award from an exceptional field of entrants from all around Australia.